Affordable Warmth

SALIIS Limited is the preferred heating installer throughout the North West of England working with various councils such as Preston, Blackburn, Lancashire and South Ribble Councils in the delivery of government backed energy efficiency schemes, such as the Affordable Warmth Scheme (also known as the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)).

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is a new UK Government programme which replaced the Warm Front Scheme late in 2012.  Affordable Warmth offers 100% grants for boilers, as well as grants for cavity wall, external wall, loft insulation and draft protection.

This programme specifically supports low income households and aims to increase the warmth in homes throughout the UK while reducing tenants’ energy bills and carbon footprint.  Up to 25% (£325 Million) of ECO Funding will be invested into the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, a system designed to tackle fuel poverty amongst private sector householders.

Homeowners and private tenants that are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits or on low incomes, will be able to access a wide range of subsidised energy efficiency measures.  The Affordable Warmth Scheme aims to reach the poorest 10% of households and will primarily focus on measures that improve thermal efficiency such as heating and insulation.

Brand new ‘A’ rated boilers are installed by SALIIS at no cost to the tenant, as Affordable Warmth is a government initiative which places an obligation on the ‘big six’ energy companies to help those most in need.

Fuel Poverty

Definition

Generally, fuel poverty is defined as the inability to adequately heat the home. More specifically, the Government defines fuel
poverty as occurring when households need to spend more than 10% of income on fuel to achieve adequate levels of warmth in the home. The World Health Organisation defines adequate levels of warmth as 21ºC in the living room and 18ºC in the other occupied rooms.

Causes of Fuel Poverty

The contributory factors to fuel poverty include, but are not limited to, low household income, levels of family debt, high fuel costs, poor levels of energy efficiency in the home, household behaviour or consumption patterns and under-occupation of a dwelling.

Impacts of Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty damages people’s quality of life and imposes wider costs on the community. The most direct effects are in relation to the health of people living in cold homes.  These risks apply to all, but older people, children, and those who are disabled or have a long-term illness are especially vulnerable. People in these higher risk groups are found in more than half of all households. They are also likely to be at home for most of the day, possibly all of the time, so that heating is needed for longer than in other households. These households should receive priority assistance.