New funding for low carbon heating measures
We’re pleased to share details of a new funding stream that helps improve the energy efficiency rating of some of the region’s lowest performing properties.
The Government’s Sustainable Warmth programme awards grants to home owners who might not otherwise be able to afford the necessary large-scale heating measures such as loft and wall insulation, air source heat pumps and even solar panels, to keep their homes warm in winter and cool in summer.
The offer will be made available as part of the Environment Centre (tEC)’s Southampton Healthy Homes and Hitting the Cold Spots programmes that advise local residents how they can cut their energy bills and reduce their property’s carbon emissions.
Successful applicants will need to meet specific eligibility criteria relating to their household income and property’s Energy Performance Certificate, but home owners who are eligible for the scheme will not be required to pay.
The funding focuses on homes with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G. Up to £10,000 (or £25,000 for properties that don’t have a gas boiler) can be used to install all sorts of insulation measures, heating upgrades and solar panels.
The funding is also open to landlords looking to upgrade their property’s energy efficiency, as long as they meet certain eligibility criteria.
With households across the country being responsible for producing high levels of carbon emissions, the scheme has the potential to vastly reduce the impact property has on the environment.
If you think you might be eligible for support, please contact us. If you’ve received a letter about this opportunity, please scan the QR code to apply for funding directly.
There are three ways to meet the financial eligibility criteria:
- Someone in your home is receiving means-tested benefits, like Universal Credit, OR
- Your total household income is less than £30,000 per year, OR
- Your household meets ‘ECO Flex’ criteria, which takes into account long-term health conditions, energy debt and other evidence that you are having financial difficulties. Ask us for more details.
The funding prioritises the least energy efficient homes, meaning E, F or G-rated homes are eligible, but some D-rated homes might pass the test as well. You can find your property’s energy rating online. Select ‘domestic property’, enter your postcode and find your address on the list.
If your home doesn’t have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and it’s not well insulated, it may still qualify. Ask us for more information.
This funding is for people who own the home they live in, however, it is also available to private renters if their landlord approves and is willing to contribute towards the cost of works.