Cold to Cosy Homes

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) successfully secured £148,270 in funding under Round 2 of the Energy Redress Scheme.

The Cold to Cosy Homes project aims to help 600 households in Cumbria cut their heating costs. Home Energy advisors provide in-home energy assessments as well as face to face and telephone advice to improve energy saving and draught proofing measures.

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) enables people, communities and businesses to work more sustainably through various projects and volunteer work. CAfS saw there was an awareness problem for those suffering through fuel poverty in the winter months. By applying to the Energy Redress Scheme and securing funding for their project, CAfS was able to help their community. Not having the resources to complete this on their own, they partnered with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) to deliver critical energy saving advice, install energy saving measures and conduct over 300 home advice visits during the first year of the project.

We believe we’ve seen sufficient demand currently for at least 300 home advice visits per year, per district (for all 6 districts). At present the project aims to provide 300 per year Cumbria wide. Partnership working has been crucial and a working ongoing relationship with the local authorities in particular has been the underpinning factor leading to our Year 1 successes.
Andrew Northcott, Energy Efficiency Project Manager
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CAfS ran several energy awareness referral promotions with their Champions, where demand was high.

"Cold to Cosy Homes has been going really well. Something everyone at CAfS is very proud of and most importantly, that so many people have been benefiting from home advice and access to referrals including the Cold to Cosy Homes draught proofing service." - Andrew Northcott, Energy Efficiency Project Manager

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