More cash on of­fer to help town’s res­i­dents stay warm this win­ter

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A scheme to help res­i­dents stay warm this win­ter has re­ceived a cash boost. Around 400 en­ergy in­su­la­tion mea­sures have al­ready been in­stalled in homes across Rochdale bor­ough as part of the project, with a col­lec­tive sav­ing on en­ergy bills for the house­hold­ers of around £125,000 a year.

The scheme is now step­ping up a gear, with more money se­cured to in­stall around 100 gas cen­tral heat­ing sys­tems free of charge in homes which don’t have one.

It is es­ti­mated that around 1,000 homes in Rochdale are with­out cen­tral heat­ing, in­stead re­ly­ing on more ex­pen­sive meth­ods of heat­ing, such as gas fires and stor­age heaters.

The scheme, funded through the Na­tional Grid Warm Homes fund, is de­signed to help house­holds liv­ing in fuel poverty who strug­gle to pay for heat­ing.

Coun Linda Robin­son, as­sis­tant to the cabi­net mem­ber for hous­ing and en­vi­ron­ment at Rochdale coun­cil, said: “We don’t want any­body to be in a po­si­tion where they avoid putting their heat­ing on in the win­ter be­cause they’re wor­ried about the cost.”

Call 0161 785 7417 or email en­er­gy­works@ ground­work.co.uk.

●●Coun Linda Robin­son

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