Worcester residents urged to take up offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free


 A Worcester resident is urging others to make the most of an offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free.

Ken Digger, who lives in Himbleton Road, Worcester, recently had solar panels fitted on the south-facing property of the home he owns – with the entire cost covered through the Government's Green Homes Grant delivery scheme.

"The main appeal for me was using nature to help meet energy costs," explains Ken."A large portion of my electricity is now generated from solar power – and sometimes I even generate a surplus, which I can sell back to the National Grid."

It took less than a day to fit the panels to the roof of his home and connect everything back to the mains supply. After that all the home's electric appliances and sockets functioned as previously, with Ken able to sit back and enjoy all the benefits.

The energy efficiency rating of the property has gone from G (the lowest rating) to B.Ken is now planning to have the walls and loft at his property insulated – with the cost expected to be funded through grants too.

"We're making Worcester homeowners an incredible offer – this is a chance to save thousands of pounds on improvements that will make your home warmer, as well as saving significant money on energy bills," said Cllr Chris Mitchell, Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council.

"Last but not least, by having the work done you can help to tackle climate change by saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.It really is a no-brainer.As this is a time-limited offer, I urge residents to get in touch now to find out if you and your home can benefit from this valuable opportunity."

To qualify for the funding, you must own or rent a property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of E, F or G – with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least.At least 9,050 properties in Worcester fall into this category.

The household's combined income, including benefits, must be £30,000 or less.The current offer runs until the end of March 2022.

For further information, call charitable energy efficiency partner Act on Energy on Freephone 0800 988 2881.The line is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

The funding is available to owner occupiers and landlords of private rented properties where the householder and property meet the eligibility criteria. Landlords will be asked to pay a contribution towards work at properties they own – but there will be no cost to homeowners who meet the eligibility criteria.

View further information on Government's Green Homes Grant scheme.

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