FUNDING is available to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes in Warwick district
Homeowners, landlords and private tenants are encouraged to apply for the funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home through the Green Homes Grants scheme.
The scheme – funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – aims to help improve the energy efficiency of low income private households with free improvements including solar PV panels, insulation and air source heat pumps.
Over 60 properties in the district have already progressed with the scheme, with many more looking to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their bills.
The scheme is being delivered by Warwick District Council’s (WDC) delivery partner E.ON with support from Act on Energy.
To be eligible, residents must:
· Own and live in their home, or privately rent within Warwick district
· Have a gross household income of less than £30,000 per year or receive a means tested benefit
· Have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G
Funding for owner/occupiers is provided up to a maximum of £10,000 per property subject to the terms and conditions of the grant, with the work carried out by a Trustmark registered contractor.
Private tenants whose income meets the eligibility criteria are also encouraged to apply with the support and involvement of their landlord.
Landlords will benefit from the scheme by having a more energy efficient property, which will help meet future minimum EPC rating requirements. Their tenants should also benefit financially and will be less likely to struggle with paying rent and utilities during the current cost of living crisis.
Coun Jan Matecki, WDC spokesperson for housing and assets, 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, 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.
“The private rented sector often has properties that are energy inefficient, so I’m pleased that this scheme has now also been opened up for landlords and tenants to apply.”
For more information about the scheme visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/greenhomesgrants or call Act On Energy on 0800 988 2881.