Free energy efficiency improvements on offer

Some of the least energy efficient homes across Wychavon could get a free upgrade as part of a new scheme.

Wychavon has been given more than £1.1 million from the Government's Sustainable Warmth Fund to spend on improving the energy rating of the district's homes. The work will not only help cut energy bills but also carbon emissions to help tackle climate change.

The money will be targeted at households with a combined income of less than £30,000 and whose home has been given an Energy Performance rating of D or below.

Work costing up to £25,000 will be fully funded. How much someone receives will depend on the energy rating of their property and whether or not they are on the mains gas network. Properties off the mains gas network can still apply.

The grants will cover energy efficiency measures including:

  • Energy efficient replacement of electric storage heaters
  • Replacement windows and doors
  • Loft insulation
  • PV panels
  • Air source heat pumps

Residents are being encouraged to check their Energy Performance Certificate, which they can do through Wychavon's energy advice page. If their home is a grade D or below and they meet the other qualifying criteria then they are being urged to register their interest in the scheme.

An online expression of interest form is available at www.actonenergy.org.uk/project/eegs-eoi/ or people can call Act on Energy, who are administering the scheme for Wychavon, on 0800 988 2881.

Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: "I encourage residents to check if they are eligible for this scheme. It's a great opportunity to get a free upgrade to your property which could save you money on your heating bills at a time when energy costs are soaring."

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