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Are you eligible for free home improvements to make your home warmer?

22 November 2022
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If your household has a combined gross household income of less than £30,000 a year and your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is D, E, F or G, you could qualify for energy-saving measures such as improved insulation, solar panels and updated heating systems.

The Sustainable Warmth scheme aims to upgrade energy inefficient homes of low-income households, making your home cheaper to heat – better for your wallet and the planet!

Energy and cost-saving upgrades that you may be able to get for your home include:

  • insulation and ventilation upgrades
  • an upgrade to a low-carbon heating system (the new heating system cannot include a gas or oil boiler)
  • heating controls
  • solar PV (that generates free electricity)
  • energy-efficient lighting.

Councillor Sean Prendergast, Executive Member for Housing, said: “With the energy crisis and fuel costs at an all-time high, the Sustainable Warmth scheme is a fantastic opportunity for residents to improve their homes, save money on their energy bills while also helping to reduce carbon emissions. If you think you might be eligible, please do apply, there is a short form on our website to check.” 

Our local contractor, Warmworks, will guide you through the application process – especially around the EPC rating criteria – and if eligible, will identify which improvements will provide the greatest benefits and arrange any necessary surveys and installations. The government funding allows £10,000 per property with up to £25,000 available for the least efficient homes heated by the most polluting fuel sources.

Funding is available to households heated by a gas boiler connected to the mains gas grid as well as those using alternative fuels including electricity, oil, liquid propane gas, and solid fuels.

We will be contacting residents who we believe are likely to qualify for the scheme.

The deadline to apply is 31 December.

Please be scam-aware – criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to take advantage of such schemes. Do not give your bank account details to anyone cold calling you, and only follow advice from the council or our official contractors. Find out more: Scams – Citizens Advice.

More information: Sustainable Warmth