Boilers and energy efficiency plans on offer

Around £2.5m in funding is being shared between fourteen district and borough councils across the two counties for the boiler scheme.

In order to make homes warmer and more energy efficient, householders can apply to the scheme for the replacement of old and inefficient boilers, replacement boilers where it is not economical to repair, boiler repairs and installation of new heating systems, where individuals meet the criteria.

To meet the criteria, you must be an owner occupier with savings of less than £16,000, and be in receipt of certain benefits such as Pension Credit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit or housing/council tax benefits.

If you are not receiving benefit but have a total household income of £18,000 or less, you could also be eligible for support from the scheme.

The council is also encouraging owners of properties which have a rateable value of Band D Council Tax or above to take up the offer of a Green Deal Plan assessment of their homes, which could see them making energy-saving improvements to homes or businesses without having to pay all the costs up front.

Energy-saving improvements could include insulation – e.g. loft or cavity wall insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing and renewable energy technologies like solar panels or wind turbines.

Following an assessment to see what improvements can be made and how much could be saved on energy bills, homeowners can choose a Green Deal provider to carry out the work.

If a homeowner goes ahead with the improvements they must sign a Green Deal Plan - this is a contract between them and the provider stating what work will be done and how much it will cost. The provider will then arrange for a Green Deal installer to do the work. The cost of the work is paid in instalments through the homeowner’s electricity bill.

To enquire about either scheme, call the council’s Energy and Home Support Team as soon as possible on on 0800 013 1689.