THE Warmer Worcestershire Network has received funding from the National Grid Warm Homes Fund to provide 150 first time gas central heating systems.
To be eligible for the funding, there must be no existing central heating at the applicant’s property (some old night storage heaters may be eligible), the property must be in an area near to a mains gas supply, and be privately owned (improvements to social housing cannot be funded).
To meet the application criteria, the Householder/tenant must also be in receipt of qualifying benefits or must pass a low income high energy cost assessment.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment – Councillor Tony Miller said: “This funding allows the Warmer Worcestershire scheme and our partners Act on Energy to continue their great work in ensuring that the county stays warm this winter and in the colder weather.
It’s been proven that living in a cold home can have a negative impact on a person’s health and wellbeing, so I would urge people to get in touch and find out what is available to them this winter.”
Private landlords can apply for 50% funding towards the cost of a first time gas central heating system. In addition to the eligibly criteria above, the property must have an existing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating in a band A – E.
Installations of the gas central heating systems are subject to technical survey by an appointed contractor and gas transporter.
Local energy charity Act on Energy are available to support applicants with any customer enquiries, eligibility checks and submitting their applications on freephone 0800 988 2881 or can be reached via email on [email protected]
The project will run until May 2021 unless all funds are allocated before this date.