Applications open for eco upgrades to Harlow residences

News / Wed 8th May 2024 at 08:19am

RESIDENTS across Essex can apply to have solar panels, heat pumps and more energy-efficient measures installed for little to no cost.

ECO4 Flex and the Great British Insulation Scheme Flex (GBIS) are being offered by Essex County Council through Better Housing Better Health to help improve energy inefficient properties.

Both schemes are available to homeowners and tenants, with landlord permission, who have a household income below £31,000 and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) between D and G. Residents with a property tax band between A and D can also apply for the GBIS.

Both schemes are also available to residents with a qualifying benefit or health condition. No income limit is applied to those with a qualifying health condition.

Eligible residents could save energy costs and improve their EPC rating with insulation, boiler replacements, low-energy lighting, air source heat pumps and solar panels.

Southend residents can ask their local authority about how to apply for ECO4 Flex and the GBIS. Thurrock residents can see what schemes are available on their local council’s website.

Councillor Schwier, Climate Czar and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling at Essex County Council, said: “A low EPC rating can cost hundreds of pounds per year in energy bills, reduce the value of a property and ultimately harm the environment. However, improving it can come with an upfront cost many people can’t afford.

“ECO4 Flex and the Great British Insulation Scheme Flex will help ensure low-income households and vulnerable residents are able to access valuable energy-saving measures. I strongly encourage Essex residents to check their eligibility on our website.”

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4 Comments for Applications open for eco upgrades to Harlow residences:

2024-05-08 17:02:11

I have solar panels and they are the worst things going. Unless you have a barrier put round them, which I don't you will be inundated with pigeons nesting under them. The noise and mess is awful 😖

Simon Carter
2024-05-08 18:37:40

EB, if you look at other PV installations, most have a guard rail around the edge of the panels to keep out the pesky pigeons. And the sale of energy to the grid brings in a nice little tax free sum every quarter.

2024-05-08 22:05:48

Simon Carter ,that is probably true if you own your own property. I have been waiting 4yrs for Harlow Council to carry out this work and after speaking to a representative of the Council I will be waiting forever. Also it doesn't bring me a nice little tax free sum.

Me, Harlow
2024-05-09 17:14:32

Can you do this in the old town? Conservation area and all that.

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