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Team wants us all to live in the Warm Zone.

WARM Zone teams across the North East have had huge success in reducing carbon emissions from households.

Thousands of houses have now had insulation fitted either for free or at a reduced cost.

Northumberland Warm Zone is this year celebrating 10 years of successful activity.

More than 30,000 homes have benefited from insulation measures and are now warmer and healthier. People living around the region have lower energy bills and are safe in the knowledge that they have reduced their carbon emissions.

Warm Zone relies on its strong partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy.

The project also works alongside Northumberland County Council, private-sector insulation installers and respected organisations such as the Energy Savings Trust.

Scottish and Southern Energy also works closely with South Tyneside Warm Zone, a not-for-profit partnership that offers free or heavily-discounted home energy-efficiency improvements. The partnership has helped residents save up to pounds 300 each year on their fuel bills as well as helping them do their bit for the environment.

Joan Redpath, a service support officer, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which makes her susceptible to colds, flu and chest infections.

Thanks to a staff email about South Tyneside Warm Zone that was circulated earlier this year, Joan found out she was eligible for free cavity wall and loft insulation.

After being referred to one of the Warm Zone's approved installers, Joan's house was surveyed and it was found that although the loft insulation was up to standard, cavity wall insulation would greatly improve the thermal efficiency of her house. Joan said: "When I contacted South Tyneside Warm Zone I was very impressed by the service.

"I was especially pleased with the insulation work and I have recommended them to friends and family.

"The workmen were friendly, efficient and left my home clean and tidy.

"Plus, I have definitely noticed a significant reduction in my gas bill since the work was done."

South Tyneside Warm Zone is a not-for-profit partnership between South Tyneside Council, Scottish and Southern Energy, the local primary care trust and others.

It aims to tackle fuel poverty and ensure all residents can afford to heat their home, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, reduce cold related illnesses and deaths, increase household disposable incomes and help to boost the local economy.

More than 6,851 homes have been insulated by the Warm Zone in South Tyneside. Warm Zone partnerships are also keen to remind people to save energy - and money - by switching off appliances at the mains.

With houses now containing multiple laptops, TVs, iPods, mobile phones and so on, it may be staggering to realise that many electrical items can use up to 90% of their power in standby mode.

It is estimated that 8% of all electricity used comes from appliances left on standby.

When boiled down this means if your bill is pounds 300, pounds 24 could have been saved simply by turning off appliances at the socket.

The electricity wasted also accounts for four million tonnes of excess carbon dioxide and is the equivalent of two power stations' worth of energy.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 17, 2011
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