Heated seat covers, Ceredigion (Report combined with CP1031)

Heated Seat Covers, Ceredigion
Lead agency Ceredigion County Council
Project summary

Whilst whole house heating is the ultimate objective in any home heating regime, low income and vulnerable people often cannot achieve this for several reasons, and consequently live in cold uncomfortable conditions, and are often unable to afford to heat their properties adequately.  This can result in poor physical and mental health.  The B-Warm seat cover looks to provide a low cost, low energy solution to improve the lives of these householders.  It fits on armchairs, and allows the main heating system thermostat to potentially be reduced whilst keeping the householder feeling warm and comfortable.   Other benefits according to the manufacturer include low running costs, improved emotional well-being, relief of general aches and pains and fewer accidents due to improved mobility.

The project distributed 97 heated seat covers to targeted people in the Ceredigion County Council area.  Established support groups will be used to distribute the heated seat covers to referred vulnerable and isolated older people across Ceredigion.

Evaluation Methodology  

NEA will evaluate the effectiveness of the B-Warm heated seat cover by assessing any reduction in electricity bills and increased comfort levels for users.  This will be determined by home interviews, prior energy bills, and a record of utility meter readings.  A small plug-in energy logger will be used to quantify energy usage from the B-Warm seat cover and the temperature of the living room will be recorded using a thermal logger.

Project Outcomes

This project will establish whether use of the B-Warm heated seat cover can allow vulnerable residents to reduce the overall temperature of their home and lower their energy bills.  It will also assess whether comfort levels for residents are maintained at lower household temperatures while using the heated seat cover and if there are any added health benefits from the product.

Region in which project will be delivered Wales
Local authority areas/key locations in which project will be delivered Ceredigion County Council
Details of technologies being trialed B-Warm heated seat cover, Homeglow Products
Eligible households assisted

NEA grant with gap funding

Match

Total

97

97

The report relating to this project will not be published due to matters beyond the control of the project team.
More information can be obtained from the Technical manager at NEA if required – Michael Hamer (0191) 269 2904.
Published on 02-02-2017
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