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Manchester housing association pushes for energy efficient homes

A housing authority in Manchester has added its voice to a campaign for warmer homes in the region.

Northwards Housing, which is responsible for around 13,500 properties in the north of the city, has signed up to the Energy Bill Revolution campaign. The initiative is hoping to convince the government to use revenue it receives from carbon taxes to reinvest in people's homes - helping them become more energy efficient and save money on their gas and electricity bills.

The move could go some way towards supporting those struggling in fuel poverty, with figures from Manchester City Council suggesting the region has above-average levels of people battling to pay their expenses on a regular basis. According to the research, 13.3 per cent of local households were affected by the issue in 2013.

With the links between fuel poverty and poor health well established, it is in everyone's interest to do all they can to try to eradicate the problem. The installation of energy efficient measures like cavity wall insulation can often go some way towards making energy bills more manageable, as they reduce the amount of heat going to waste, which is especially relevant in the colder months when more money is spent on keeping the home warm.

Northwards chief executive Robert Lawler said: "On average, 25,000 people die of the cold every winter. It’s a national scandal.

“We’re already doing brilliant things at Northwards to try to make fuel poverty a thing of the past … but we need the support of government because they have the money to help us make it happen.”

Mr Lawler added that making provisions to improve properties that have high levels of energy wastage could bring nine out of ten homes back above the fuel poverty line.

Nearly 250 MPs have also added their voice to the Energy Bill Revolution, with the campaign continually pushing for more politicians to join their cause.

Posted by Paul Taylor