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|Warm Zones was set up in 2000 with Government support, to develop new approaches to fuel poverty. Following this initiative five 'pathfinder' Zones were established in 2001 in Hull Newham, Northumberland, Sandwell and Stockton to trial different Warm Zone based approaches.
Warm Zones Limited (operated by National Energy Action, the leading fuel poverty charity and other partners) was set up with Government help to manage the 'pathfinder' Zones. The 'pathfinder' Zone trials were completed in March 2004 and at that time full ownership of Warm Zones transferred to National Energy Action.
The Warm Zones trials showed that Warm Zones work. Warm Zones can bring help to rural counties, large cities, small towns, and local communities. Warm Zones also bring long-term sustainable benefits.
Two Zones, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland, have completed their programme of work and are now ‘Comfort Zones’. The remaining three Zones are continuing their work to reduce fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency. New Zones have been established in, Newcastle, East London and Gateshead. Warm Zones ‘Associated Projects’ have also been established in Neath Port Talbot (Warm Wales) and Stoke on Trent (Beat the Cold).
What is fuel poverty?
Fuel poverty is the inability of a household to afford sufficient warmth for health and comfort. A fuel-poor household is one that needs to spend more than 10% of household income on fuel for heating, hot water, cooking lighting and electrical appliances. The amount spent on heating must be enough to achieve a satisfactory level of warmth. This is generally accepted to be 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other rooms.
Understanding fuel poverty is important because living in cold damp homes increases the risk of cold-related illness (heart, stroke and respiratory illness). At the same time, using less energy helps the environment. So the message is clear:
‘use less, spend less, keep warm’.
How can Warm Zones help?
Warm Zones aim to identify all households that need help (in particular the vulnerable and fuel poor) in a given area and give them all available help in a concentrated, cost-effective way. Much of the work to deal with fuel poverty is about installing measures - thermal insulation, draughtproofing and heating to improve comfort in the home. At the same time, sound advice on energy efficiency and benefits entitlement can help to reduce the amount spent on energy and maximise household income.
Something for everyone
But Warm Zones don’t just look for fuel poverty. We believe that everyone can benefit from the latest energy efficiency measures, for example new low energy light bulbs and expert and impartial advice on saving energy. So we do believe that Warm Zones, working together with local communities, can provide ‘something for everyone’.
Warm Zones cic is registered in England (No. 4124262):
2nd Floor, 9 Portland Terrace, Newcastle NE2 1QQ.