Connected for Warmth: New local authority backed affordable heating initiative launched

helping our community

  • New Connected for Warmth scheme, enabling eligible private sector and rented households to make big savings on their energy bills, launched
  • Local authority backed scheme will be available across entire Cadent gas distribution network
  • New gas connections and energy efficient gas central heating systems will be installed at properties  
    As the nation marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, a new local authority backed scheme designed to help eligible private / private rented sector households make big savings on their fuel bills has been launched.
    The Connected for Warmth scheme, which will provide a free first-time gas connection
    and heating system to eligible fuel poor homes, not currently connected to the gas
  • network, has been launched today (November 29). 
    The scheme will be delivered across the entire Cadent gas distribution network that includes the North West, Midlands, East of England and North London.
    Cadent’s longstanding partner Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS), which has worked to lift thousands of homes out of fuel poverty over the past decade, will help deliver and fund the scheme through its Warm Homes Fund programme. Meanwhile, AgilityEco, which works with local authorities, housing associations and charities to support households which need a helping hand, will work with AWS to provide the front-end support to the programme.
    Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of AWS said: “Connected for Warmth builds on the great work that’s been done over the last decade to connect thousands of homes including whole neighbourhoods and estates, to energy efficient gas heating systems.
    “This new scheme will provide a fresh avenue out of fuel poverty for those struggling with the cost of heating their homes.”
    He added: “As the temperature drops and we enter what’s projected to be a very cold winter the need for this kind of scheme has never been stronger.
    “Connected for Warmth will be a valuable tool in the fight to ensure no one has to face the heart-breaking choice between heating and eating and I'm grateful for all the support and expertise we've got on board to deliver this exciting programme." 
    Applicants will be asked to complete a quick survey to determine their eligibility for the scheme. If successful they will receive a free gas connection, and new gas central heating system utilising the latest energy efficient boilers.
    While homeowners and tenants will pay nothing toward the scheme, private landlords
    will need to make a small contribution to have a system installed, should their property
    be eligible.
    The scheme is expected to run until 2021 and it is hoped that over a thousand homes could benefit.
  • For more on Connected for Warmth and to apply visit or call 0800 029 4547.
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