People across Hertsmere are being encouraged to check if they are eligible to receive help through the Home Upgrade Grant scheme, which aims to help local householders be warmer in their homes, lower their carbon emissions as well as save money on their fuel bills.
The scheme is being delivered across the region through the Greater South East Net Zero Hub and Hertsmere Borough Council is urging eligible households to apply.
The grant funds energy efficiency upgrades and clean heating systems in low-income households, targeting the most inefficient off-gas grid heated homes in England, to help tackle fuel poverty in the borough.
Eligible households must either be located in a pre-qualified postcode area or have either a gross household income of no more than £31,000, or an income where cost of living is below £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs.
The home must also be heated by alternative fuels including electricity, oil, liquid propane gas and solid fuels. The energy efficiency criteria will be determined by the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of the property and residents will be supported with this part of the eligibility process during application. Residents will be provided with a free EPC where they do not already have one.
Local installers in each region will guide customers through the application journey, helping them understand and establish eligibility for the scheme. If eligible, the installer will identify which improvements for the home will provide the greatest benefits and arrange any necessary surveys and installations.
Councillor Paul Richards, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability and Net Zero and Public Health, said: “As the cold weather continues and we depend on our heating systems more, the Home Upgrade Grant scheme offers vital improvements that could help many people across Hertsmere. Residents who are on a low income and finding it hard to heat their home could benefit from measures that will help them have warmer homes, reduce their bills and decrease their home’s impact on the environment.
“The Home Upgrade Grant is a key step towards improving our most energy inefficient homes. It aims to target low-income households helping them save money and reduce fuel poverty, whilst also cutting carbon as we work towards our 2050 Net Zero commitment.
“I’d encourage everyone in Hertsmere to check if they are eligible to receive help from the scheme”.
To find out more or to apply, please visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/HUG
Posted on Monday 6th November 2023