E.ON to offer home solutions in the Midlands as part of a pilot project aimed at helping people stay warm and age well
The challenge of supporting an ageing population will impact everyone in our society. It’s great that E.ON has the opportunity to help and lead the way in addressing this challenge, supporting people to age well and ensuring people can maintain their independence for a long as possible.
E.ON will soon offer home solutions as one of seven ‘trailblazer’ pilot projects, currently in the ‘discovery’ phase with the objective to prove their viability and feasibility. The projects are receiving Government funding as part of the UK Research and Innovation1 (UKRI) Healthy Ageing programme.
The programme is aimed at developing ways of making people’s lives healthier, more socially connected and more independent as they age and is part of the wider UK Government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge.
UKRI has awarded E.ON the first stage funding to develop a programme of activity to offer home solutions to people, to ensure that their homes are not only energy efficient and warm but are also made more suitable for residents to live there independently for as long as possible.
Working in collaboration with Newcastle University, Invisible Creations® and ADL Smartcare, E.ON will offer home solutions alongside existing energy efficiency measures installed in homes across the UK as part of its Warm Home Fund and ECO obligation. The additional measures will include smart kitchens and other innovative and stylish adaptations, all designed to fit seamlessly into people’s homes, help people live safely and support their independence at home for as long as possible.
The project will also look to offer people a free app where they can discover how they are ageing, and find activities to support ageing well. They will also be able to connect with local community groups, whilst also managing their home with smart, assistive technologies. The app will also offer people a healthy ageing management tool, providing expert advice on a wide variety of healthy ageing topics as well as a free online healthy ageing assessment.
Working with Leicestershire, Leicester City, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Shropshire councils, E.ON will begin to offer these solutions in 20 homes across the Midlands as part of a pilot aimed at understanding how the project can be rolled out to more homes across the region.
Nigel Dewbery, Residential Solutions Director at E.ON, said: “The challenge of supporting an ageing population will impact everyone in our society. It’s great that E.ON has the opportunity to help and lead the way in addressing this challenge, supporting people to age well and ensuring people can maintain their independence for a long as possible.
“We’ve been supporting vulnerable customers for a number of years through initiatives such as our Warm Homes Discount and Energy Company Obligation programmes and with the funding from UKRI we have the opportunity to extend our support to offer a whole home solution. This further demonstrates our commitment to ensuring people stay happy, healthy and warm in their homes for longer.”
Paul Pentelow, Head of Product Design at Invisible Creations®, said: “Invisible Creation® was founded to create inclusive and attractive home adaptations and new ranges of innovative product solutions, to aid mobility and better support people as they age. We’re delighted to be working with like-minded organisations with a shared vision like E.ON and its partners”
To find out more about the support E.ON offers visit eonenergy.com/home-heating/affordable-warmth.
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