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Helping residents in fuel poverty

Last Modified August 13, 2020
 

Hertsmere residents with no radiators in their homes could be eligible for a free installation of efficient gas-powered central heating to keep homes warm whilst reducing energy bills. 

We're working with trusted partners YES Energy Solutions to install 100 A-rated energy efficient heating systems whilst following the Government’s latest coronavirus guidance to ensure safety for residents and installers.

Homeowners and private renters who don’t have radiators qualify for funding by either being in receipt of certain state benefits (e.g. pension guarantee credit, income support, tax credits, etc.) or having a low household income (typically below £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs have been paid).

Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer help for eligible householders in Hertsmere to lower their fuel bills during this testing time.

"Studies show efficient gas central heating is three to four times less expensive than electric heating.

“The scheme is adhering to the latest coronavirus guidelines and we are making the safety of residents and our partners a top priority so we can deliver all the benefits of the scheme with minimised risk.

“This scheme is also part of our ongoing commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, as it helps reduce household emissions in the area. It means the scheme is of benefit for all and for future generations.”

Alongside North Hertfordshire District Council, East Herts District Council and YES Energy Solutions, we worked to secure over £230,000 from the Warm Homes Fund, an innovative fund established by National Grid.

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions who administer the fund on behalf of National Grid, said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to fund the scheme to address fuel poverty.

“Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”

We're providing match funding to support installations in the area, whilst additional funding is being secured through the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme.

There are also separate grants available to help connect homes to the mains gas network if required.

YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of the councils and will be coordinating the installations through their network of accredited installers who will follow coronavirus safety procedures.

Funding is available for a limited number of households, and residents interested in the opportunity are encouraged to contact YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100 to see if they are eligible for support.

This press release was produced in partnership with YES Energy Solutions.

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Posted on Thursday 13th August 2020
 

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