Sustainable Warmth scheme launches to help make homes cheaper, warmer and greener through funded energy-saving improvements
The Sustainable Warmth scheme is being delivered across the region through the Greater South East Net Zero Hub, together with other organisations such as Cambridge City Council, who are leading delivery in the Cambridgeshire region, and Peterborough City Council who are working with Agility Eco to deliver the scheme to residents in Peterborough.
The Sustainable Warmth scheme incorporates two areas of funding, targeting households with a combined gross household income of less than £30,000 living in energy inefficient homes. The energy efficiency criteria is determined by the EPC rating of the property. Residents will be assisted with this part of the eligibility process during application.
Funding is available to households heated by a gas boiler connected to the mains gas grid (on-gas), but Local Authorities are particularly keen to hear from households heated by alternative fuels including electricity, oil, liquid propane gas, and solid fuels (off-gas).
Local installers in each region will guide customers through the application journey, helping them understand and establish eligibility for the scheme. If eligible, the installer will identify which improvements for the home will provide the greatest benefits and arrange any necessary surveys and installations.
The funding allows £10,000 per property to provide a range of energy and cost saving upgrades, depending on the specific circumstances such as the fuel source, energy efficiency and EPC rating of the home, with up to £25,000 available for the least efficient homes heated by the most polluting fuel sources.
Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson, said: “Sustainable Warmth is a single funding opportunity which brings together two fuel poverty schemes. It aims to save households money, reduce fuel poverty, cut carbon and support the aims of the government’s 10 Point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. With local residents facing an energy crisis and fuel costs at an all-time high, the scheme is an exciting opportunity for residents to improve their homes, save money on their energy bills whilst also helping to reduce carbon emissions.”
Local Authorities will be contacting residents who they believe are likely to be eligible for the scheme. Please check your Local Authority website for further details.