Cold homes pose significant health risks, especially for individuals with long-term conditions such as respiratory problems and heart diseases. These vulnerable groups are more likely to need hospital care due to worsened symptoms caused by inadequate heating.

According to Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health Blackpool Council, England’s National Health Service (NHS) is expending hundreds of millions of pounds each year to address health issues directly associated with inadequate home heating, emphasizing the critical connection between home temperature and public health.

The importance of maintaining warm home goes beyond comfort. It has substantial benefits for public health and the NHS. Warm homes help prevent hospitalizations, reduce the severity of illnesses, and lessen the strain on healthcare and social services. This results in significant cost savings for the NHS, enabling more efficient resource allocation.

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Recognizing this urgent issue, Cosy Homes in Lancashire, England, has become a crucial initiative, involving all 15 local authorities in Lancashire. The program aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty across the region. Through Cosy Homes, residents can access energy efficiency grants, affordable heating solutions, and expert advice on reducing energy consumption.

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Since its launch in 2014, Cosy Homes has secured over £80 million in funding, helping more than 25,000 residents save money through energy-saving advice and measures. In 2021/22 and 2022/23 periods, the initiative assisted 2,400 households in accessing the Green Home Grant – Local Authority Delivery mechanism, facilitating the installation of insulation, upgraded windows and doors, and renewable technologies. The mechanism currently has the so-called Home Upgrade Grant funding to install energy-saving measures valued at up to £38,000 in properties without gas central heating.

The Cosy Homes in Lancashire is supported by chief executives, directors of public health, and chief financial officers. Partner organizations include Rhea Projects Ltd, which manages The Cosy Homes Administration Hub on behalf of the councils, and several local installers. Funding partners include major energy companies and a local community interest company established specifically to assist Cosy Homes projects.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire uses innovation and inclusivity at the core of actions, enhancing public health and reducing the financial burden on the NHS. For details about Cosy Homes, visit the website: