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If your home is not heated by a mains gas boiler and your household income is £36,000 or less, you could get financial help for installing solar panels, insulation upgrades, and low carbon heating systems such as air source heat pumps.

North Herts Council, in partnership with the Greater South East Net Zero Hub (GSENZH), has access to funding from the government’s Department of Energy and Sustainable Net Zero. 

Sarah Kingsley, North Herts Council’s Service Director for Place, said: “The eligibility criteria has recently gone from a household income of £31,000 to £36,000, so we hope this encourages more people to come forward. This scheme is all about improving energy efficiency, reducing fuel poverty, and contributing to the district’s net zero target by 2040, and the UK’s net zero commitment by 2050.”

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The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2) addresses the pressing need to upgrade inefficient off-gas grid heated homes, with a focus on those in the most deprived areas, helping them transition to cleaner and more sustainable heating solutions.

According to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) records, 1,417 homes in North Herts could be eligible for HUG2 funding. Eligible properties will receive an assessment to evaluate and determine the energy saving measures that could be undertaken, and improvements made are completely free of charge. Work is completed on a first-come, first-served basis with applications closing at the end of September.

Maxine Narburgh, GSENZH Regional Director, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to make their homes more energy-efficient, cutting their carbon footprint and their bills at the same time.”

More information: Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2

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