Harlow homeowners offered £10,000 to ‘go green’ and save on bills

Communities / Wed 17th Feb 2021 at 10:35am

Essex homeowners offered £10,000 to ‘go green’ and save on bills

UP to 80 Essex homeowners are being offered the chance to warm their homes for less and help tackle climate change through the government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme.

Led by Essex County Council and seven local city, district and borough councils, the scheme offers funding for lower income homeowners and is designed to reduce people’s heating bills, increase energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Homeowners with a combined household income below £30,000 and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G may be eligible for the free local authority grant of up to £10,000* to install energy efficiency measures on their homes. The grants, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost to the homeowner, can be used to upgrade heating systems and install insulation.

The scheme is being rolled out across the county with delivery partner Aran Insulation, a TrustMark-certified organisation which will complete works at each qualifying home. Energy saving measures on offer include cavity wall, solid wall, loft and room in roof insulation, as well as renewable heating solutions.

Mark Randall, Managing Director at Aran Insulation, said: “We are already seeing an influx of enquiries for this great scheme and are looking forward to working alongside Essex County Council and the other local authorities.

This scheme will genuinely help tackle fuel poverty and climate change, helping homeowners across the county stay warm and healthy whilst lowering energy bills for years to come.

Residents who have unsuccessfully applied for government grant funding in the past may still qualify for this scheme. All homeowners are therefore urged to come forward and check the qualifying criteria.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action, said: “We’ve had some really cold, snowy weather in Essex this winter and freezing temperatures look set to continue for another few days. These extreme weather conditions, including hotter summers and increased flooding, are only going to get worse as we continue to experience the effects of a changing climate.

“Poorly insulated homes can cost more to heat each month, and fuel costs look set to increase. This puts many families at risk of falling into further fuel poverty.

“I would urge homeowners in Essex to take advantage of this funding to make their homes as well insulated and warm as they can be and save money on future bills.”

Social and private landlords are also invited to apply for subsidised funding** as part of the scheme. Private tenants are encouraged to speak to their landlord and highlight how the grant could improve the rental property’s energy efficiency, making it more attractive to rent.

All works must be completed by March 31st, 2021. Qualifying homeowners are therefore encouraged to contact Aran Insulation, delivery partner, as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To apply for energy efficient measures, visit www.essex.gov.uk/energy-funding or call Aran Insulation on 0800 587 7795 or 01284 812 520.

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