Faced with daytime temperatures not creeping above zero Celsius dropping at night time as low as minus three I was braced for an extremely uncomfortable few days until I could get a repair sorted. The fact that I didn’t freeze is down to a few factors.
|The least I can do for Gareth after all this praise is use an unflattering image of him|
How does this relate to my own story? Well I was one of those people who took advantage of the offer. I got the insulation installed last Autumn (after some epic work with a friend to get the attic floorboards up to allow the insulation to be laid, but that’s another story) and have been grateful ever since. It’s made a noticeable difference to my fuel bills and to the general ability of my house to retain warmth. The thing that first struck me when I got home on Tuesday night was how (relatively) warm my house was after being left unheated for over 24 hours, and remembering how the house felt in previous years, I know for a fact that it was the insulation that made the difference.
According to the NHS, over 400 people over 65 years of age died last year through hypothermia . Insulation can make the difference between life and death, helping make fuel bills more affordable or eking out that extra bit of heat in an otherwise cold house. I have a few years to go before I fall into that age bracket, but I will one day, and there will certainly be vulnerable older people in Leeds who have taken up the offer this year through hearing about it in the paper, reading the mailshot, or being alerted to it by friends and relatives.
... and I mention this campaign, because I have had direct, personal and recent experience of it, but don't overlook all the other life saving campaigns organised by people working for the police, fire and health services.
So as far as I see it, spin doctors help save lives. Remember where you heard it first.
PS. If you want to know more about all the support available for Leeds residents who want to make their homes more energy efficient, check out http://www.wrapupleeds.co.uk/