Cumbria residents receive £1million in bid to help reduce their energy bills

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has allocated more than £1m to residents across Cumbria via its Central Heating Fund (CHF), in a bid to help low income home-owners reduce their ever-increasing energy bills, a recent news report in the local media has been able to reveal.

Many households with no central heating are often off the gas grid and use expensive electric heating. However, making use of the CHF could enable these homes to switch to oil which has continued to plummet in price over recent months and remains by far the cheapest form of home heating available.

Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: “This new funding is welcome relief for those homes in Cumbria who are living without a central heating system – a basic necessity which most of us are lucky enough to take for granted. Through the scheme, homeowners will be able to keep their houses warmer and significantly reduce their annual heating bills.

“The announcement from government has come at a good time as homes using oil have seen fuel prices halve in the last two years – making it by far the cheapest option for off gas grid households. If those making use of the Central Heating Fund can switch to oil, the savings could be quite considerable.”

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