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Apply for free central heating this winter

Last Modified December 17, 2020
Hertsmere residents who don’t have central heating are being urged to apply for funding to cover a brand new installation before freezing weather hits. 

With snow forecast by the Met Office, we are calling on residents who are struggling to heat their property to consider upgrading their heating system and look after their health.

In association with YES Energy Solutions, we are providing eligible homeowners and private renting tenants an A-rated central heating system for free, if they are currently using inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or fires, through the Warm Homes Fund scheme. There is also separate funding available to cover the cost of a gas connection where applicable subject to survey and eligibility.

Mains gas central heating allows residents to stay warmer whilst saving on their fuel bills. Gas central heating is three to four times cheaper than electric heating.

Cllr Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “With cold weather due this winter we are encouraging residents, who currently rely on storage heaters, room heaters or fires, to think about improving their home’s heating systems through this scheme.

“Living in a warm healthy home which is more important than ever, with the additional risks of the pandemic.

“As well as providing a warmer home and reducing fuel bills, the energy efficient A-rated central heating has a smaller carbon footprint than other systems. This scheme then also resonates with our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050.”

To qualify for the funding, residents must either be in receipt of certain state benefits, or have a household income below £21,000 and live in a property that is hard to heat.

Householders with certain health conditions that make them vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home could also receive support.

The Warm Homes Fund is an innovative £150m funding stream established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions to help make households in Great Britain warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to support Hertsmere Borough Council to fund the scheme to address fuel poverty across the region.

“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.”

Award winning community interest company YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of the council, and installs are completed by their industry accredited contractors.

Residents who are interested in the opportunity are advised to call YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100.

Press release produced in partnership with YES Energy Solutions.

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Posted on Thursday 17th December 2020

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