The recent big freeze highlighted the importance of having an efficient heating system for your home - and some borough residents could benefit from free funding support for new central heating.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, in partnership with YES Energy Solutions, has launched a new renewable energy scheme through the Warm Homes Fund (WHF) to help people who live in homes without central heating.
Householders in rural areas with no gas network and on a low income are invited to apply for free central heating installation. You can find out more, including eligibility income thresholds, by contacting Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on 01256 844844 or visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/warm-homes
One of the systems on offer is powered by an air source heat pump – a renewable technology that converts the heat from the air outside to use in radiators and a hot water tank in the home.
The offer is available, subject to surveys, for home owners and to private rented residents - but with the landlord’s consent as a small charge may be applicable to landlords.
The WHF has been set up by the National Grid, to reduce fuel poverty across the UK. The borough council was one of just 43 successful bidders out of 234, and was awarded more than £199,000 to fund new applications.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “The recent cold weather and below-zero temperatures put many vulnerable residents, particularly in rural areas, at risk.
“If they are not connected to gas, these residents rely on more expensive fuel types, such as electricity, to keep warm which is worrying for those on lower incomes.
“The council is delighted to have the funding to help a proportion of householders save money and stay healthy through renewable heat technology. This scheme will not only help reduce fuel bills but will cut carbon emissions in the process.”
Only residents that meet the WHF eligibility criteria will be able to apply for the scheme. They:
• Must live in a home off the mains gas network
• Have no current central heating system in place
• Receive income-related benefits, or have a low household income.
YES Energy Solutions will manage the scheme on behalf of the council. Funding will be allocated to 50 eligible residents on a first come first served basis.
Register your interest with YES Energy Solutions on 01422 417 585 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email email@example.com