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The Warming Up Project


National Energy Action (NEA) Northern Ireland

Subject Keywords: Project aimed to combat fuel poverty and improve health and quality of life
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Type: Project
Region: Northern Ireland

Closing the Gap Good-Practice Directory. In 1998, the South and East Belfast Trust (SEBT) approached National Energy Action Northern Ireland with an idea of developing a project which would improve older people's quality of life by means of tackling fuel poverty within South and east Belfast and Castlereagh. The Warming Up Project aimed to combat fuel poverty and improve health and quality of life by supporting older people to make their home more energy efficient. The project supported older people to get their homes made more energy efficient by promoting and facilitating uptake of programmes such as the Warm Homes scheme. By switching from solid fuel heating systems to gas central heating, it is less expensive for older people to heat their homes.

A project worker was employed and was in contact with more than 50 locally based organisations and groups during the project period. During such visits, the project worker distributed information packs consisting of a temperature card and a leaflet on how to use electricity efficiently, information on the main areas of heat loss in the home and details of the Warm Homes scheme. More than 700 information packs were distributed along with 300 energy efficient light bulbs. Information leaflets on the Warm Homes Scheme were also distributed through local groups.

As a result of these activities, 189 people were identified as being eligible for one of the schemes. Of these, 89 were referred by SEBT staff and 100 by various community groups and organisations, often as a result of a visit from the project worker. Some 218 intervention measures were installed in the homes of older people. A total of 39 households had gas central heating installed and 67 received insulation measures. A further 28 households had a comprehensive benefit health check, and 69 households received further information about energy efficiency schemes and/or benefit entitlements.



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Suggested citation:

National Energy Action (NEA) Northern Ireland. (2003) The Warming Up Project [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st August 2019].


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