GRANTS are available to residents struggling to pay their energy bills in Warwick district.
Residents in private properties that do not currently heat their home using mains gas central heating can apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home through the Green Homes Grants scheme.
Funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, the scheme aims to help improve the energy efficiency of low income private households with free improvements including solar PV panels, insulation, smart heating controls and air source heat pumps.
To be eligible, residents must own and live in their home and have a gross household income of less than £31,000 per year, currently heat their home with alternative fuels other than gas such as oil, liquid petroleum gas, coal, solid fuels, or electricity, and have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D, E, F or G.
And in an extra boost for households, the government has deemed that certain postcodes will now automatically meet the income eligibility criteria. This means that properties within these eligible postcodes that don’t currently heat their home using a gas boiler and have an EPC rating of D to G are automatically eligible for the Home Upgrade Grant.
A list of eligible postcodes is available on WDC’s website at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/greenhomesgrants
The energy efficiency measures will be carried out by a Trustmark registered contractor.
WDC’s climate change spokesperson Coun James Kennedy said: “We recognise the importance of improving the energy efficiency of people’s homes not only for the climate, but also for the difference it makes to energy bills. Now has never been a more important time to do this, especially as we head in to the winter months.
“If you’re eligible then there’s no cost to you, so I would encourage everyone eligible to get in touch and see what improvements can be made to your home to make it warm and affordable.”
For more information visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/greenhomesgrants or call Act On Energy on 0800 988 2881.