Heating the person and not the home


More than 250 residents on low incomes in East Cambridgeshire have been able to keep warm this winter thanks to a free electric blanket from the council.

The Energy Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council has been handing out the blankets to more vulnerable residents to help with the cost of living.

The electric throws heat the person and not the room, eliminating the need to have the heating on high during the colder weather. It has been calculated that for less than 50p a day they can provide up to seven hours of comfort and warmth.

The council received funding for the Heating and Health project through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System.

Residents who have received the blankets have been on low incomes and in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Attendance Allowance (AA).

Claire Finch, Home Energy Advisor for the council, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and it has been extremely rewarding. To be able to give some of our most vulnerable residents something which will have a positive impact on energy bills at no cost to them is great.”

Sandra from Haddenham is pictured receiving her throw. She uses it most evenings and along with other efficient measures has seen a reduction in her energy bills. For more information on ways to save on your energy and gas bill visit the cost of living pages on the council’s website.