Rights to Warmth Attitude Survey

Start Date February 2008
Completion Date May 2008
Grant Holders: Attend
Main Contact Angus Anderson, Rights to Warmth Co-director
Email: angusanderson@rightstowarmth.co.uk

Summary

Attend Rights to Warmth will carry out market research into householders’ attitudes and behaviour towards the cold, staying warm and taking up help. It will investigate the attitudinal barriers that prevent people from keeping their houses warm and using the support to help them do this. The research will initially be carried out in County Durham, from February to May 2008, alongside a pilot social marketing take-up campaign. The findings will inform approaches to benefit and energy efficiency promotion, to make adequate heating more affordable, and behaviour towards keeping warm and healthy.

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Central heating: uncovering the impact on social relationships and household management

Start Date April 2002
Completion Date June 2003
Grant Holders: Plymouth and South Devon Research and Development Support Unit
Main Contact Meryl Basham, Researcher, Plymouth and South Devon Research and Development Support Unit

Summary

The project is focused around a before and after interview survey in households which do not yet have central heating but which will have it installed as part of the improvement programme of the Riviera Housing Trust, who manage the social housing in Torbay. The project aims to promote understanding of the wider social issues of living in cold households by assessing: use of the house, and the well-being, and relationships of the household; and energy use, methods of payment and costs. It will provide evidence to inform housing improvement strategy by assessment of: the factors influencing energy use of the household; residents’ knowledge of how to operate the heating system efficiently and effectively, and the importance of ventilation to the indoor environment; and relationships and well being of the household and beyond.

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Seasonal cold, thermal behaviour and temperature distributions in the homes of older people

Start Date October 2002
Completion Date June 2003
Grant Holders: University of Teesside, School of Health and Social Care
Main Contact Dr James Goodwin, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Teesside, School of Health and Social Care

Summary

The project aims to investigate the relationship between the thermal behaviour of older people, the thermal gradients within the home and outside winter cold. Its objectives are:

  • To examine the extent to which the activities of daily living of older people is related to indoor and outdoor winter cold
  • To provide data for further studies into the risks of indoor and outdoor cold on the health of older people
  • To provide data which will help to inform a health promotion message enabling the more healthy heating of homes, improvements in the degree to which older people are exposed to the cold and a reduction in the large numbers of excess winter deaths amongst older people.

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