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People in Wigan urged to prepare now for Winter
Tuesday 9th July, 2013

While temperatures in July look set to be warm, npower’s Health Through Warmth team in Wigan is urging local residents to get prepared for the colder months ahead.

Even though winter may be far from many people’s minds, the scheme's advice is to check your heating now to ensure it is working and reduce the risk of a breakdown when you need it most.

Working with local organisations in Wigan, npower Health Through Warmth helps homeowners who have a long-term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments: “The summer months are an ideal time to get your heating serviced and check that everything is in good working order. This is particularly the case this year, as the colder than average spring has meant that heating was left on for longer, and at higher temperatures, putting boilers under increased strain.

“Dealing with any problems with heating systems now will ensure that homes are warm over the colder months when there is a greater risk to health. If you find your heating system is broken and you can’t afford repairs or a replacement if it’s needed, now is the time to turn to Health Through Warmth for help.”

Since the scheme was founded in 2000, more than 80,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for aid with heating and insulation. More than £68.3million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.8million from charitable organisations. In addition, £9million has been contributed from the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

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