People on low incomes who live in poorly-insulated properties are being offered grants of up to £10,000 to combat soaring energy bills.
Project funders want to talk to households which have a heat source that is not mains gas, such as LPG for example or heating oil. In these cases, families can get up to £25,000 of grant funding to help them transition to a more sustainable heat source in addition to improving energy efficiency.
The Warmer Homes scheme provides a range of fully-funded energy-efficiency improvements for households. Working on behalf of a consortium of local authorities which includes Brighton & Hove, Chichester, and Adur & Worthing, these improvements are funded by the Warm Homes Fund and the Local Authority Delivery scheme.
To be eligible for the Warmer Homes scheme, households must live in properties with an E, F, or G energy performance rating and receive means tested benefits or have a combined annual income of less than £30,000.
The programme is open to homeowners and renters.
Successful applicants are assigned an installer who will assess the property and identify the best measures for that home. Possible measures can include solar panels, a heat pump, and a variety of energy efficiency improvements such as cavity-wall and loft insulation.
Mr Fred Ellis of Chichester, a beneficiary of the programme, said: “I’m delighted with the solar panels I had fitted under the scheme. Top marks to the installers from Warmer Homes who worked in the dark to get it finished!”.
The Warmer Homes programme is funded by the Government’s Home Upgrade Grant schemes.