Financial support to keep Worcester homes warm – and save money on heating bills
Worcester City Council is offering homeowners the opportunity to apply for free external wall insulation, if their combined household income is £30,000 or less.
Funding is available following a successful countywide application to government's Green Homes Grant local delivery scheme. This aims to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating and contribute to the UK's commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
"Improving the energy efficiency of local people's homes is an important step towards meeting Worcester's pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030," says Cllr Andy Stafford, Vice Chair of the City Council's Environment Committee.
"This is a really good opportunity to make your home warmer and to save money on heating bills, at no cost to you.I would urge people who meet the qualifying criteria to come forward and apply."
To qualify, you must be a homeowner and your property must have solid walls (as opposed to cavity walls).The property must have an Energy Performance Certificate of E or below (with A being the most energy efficient and G being the worst).Following external wall insultation, this is expected to rise to a C.
Home occupants are expected to save an average of £150 per year on energy bills, following the improvements. The work can also help to reduce condensation and mould on internal walls and refresh the appearance of outer walls.
Between 2014 and 2016, 700 properties were insulated across the six Worcestershire districts following the receipt of £3 million of government funding from the Green Deal Communities. The work has made carbon savings on average of 27 tonnes per property.
The programme will be run by the independent charity Act on Energy (https://actonenergy.org.uk).To find out more and to check your eligibility for the scheme, call the charity on 0800 988 2881 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).