Living in a cold home can harm your health. It can exacerbate a range of health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular disease, impact on mental wellbeing and increase the risk of trips and falls. Being too cold can even be fatal, with more people dying each year during the winter months than the summer months.
Over the five years between 2011/12 and 2015/16 there were on average 348 excess deaths each winter in East Sussex
The effects of living in a cold home are predictable and mostly preventable. Partners across the County are working together to develop and deliver a range of initiatives coordinated by the East Sussex Energy Partnership. This work forms part of a comprehensive programme of activity to improve health through East Sussex Better Together..
We are encouraging everyone to make use of:
- A new website – www.warmeastsussex.org.uk – which provides advice on how to keep warm and well, information about energy efficiency and making your home more affordable to heat, and the range of local services and support that can help.
- You may benefit from a Winter Home Check by the Sussex-based service provider Osborne Energy: Telephone: 0800 085 1674 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.warmeastsussex.org.uk
- The East Sussex Winter Home Check service aims to protect individuals and communities from the effects of living in a cold home. It offers vulnerable people on a low income an assessment of the home and how best to keep it warm; small preventative works (such as improving insulation or repairing boilers); installation of replacement boilers, central heating systems or home insulation (subject to additional eligibility and limited availability), emergency temporary heating, and; advice on getting help with the cost of heating the home.