Materials & Technology

British city successful in bid for heating equipment for poor

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 08:32

People in Surrey, England, who are struggling to pay heating bills or living in homes without the benefit of technology like radiant heating will benefit from a share of more than $300,000, according to the Guardian.

The news source reported that almost 30 organizations and volunteer groups joined the Surrey County Council to keep people warm and healthy during the winter months.

One of the Surrey Healthy Homes partnership schemes will help people through the granting of vouchers that can be used to buy new technology for homes that do not having heating systems.

The Guardian reported that the citizens of Surrey who are in desperate need of funding for new heating systems will be able to use the grant money to buy new insulation or to contribute to their purchase of a new radiant heating or conventional system.

"It’s excellent news that by joining forces as one team we have been successful in winning this money," City Councillor Michael Gosling told the news souce. "It is a great opportunity for the county council to work with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that support gets right to the heart of communities."

The news source reported that the number of families who will receive the new heating systems is not known yet, but any improvement is a positive for the community.

A radiant heating system can also help to lower the long-term heating costs for a family, as they will not have to use as much energy to provide a comfortable level of warmth to their family. A radiant heater will also eliminate some of the allergens and contaminants that are generally created by older heating systems.