Replacing old and uneconomical boilers can be expensive but a council-managed scheme could help with the costs – and make homes warmer and cheaper to heat at the same time.
High Peak Borough Council is part of the Local Authorities Energy Partnership (LAEP) which has won a share of £2.5 million funding through a national competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
In High Peak the cash is being used to help householders with the cost of a new boiler, boiler repairs and the installation of new heating systems.
To be eligible for help you must be an owner occupier with savings of less that £22,000 and be in receipt of benefits including pension credit, income support, child tax credit or housing/council tax benefits.
You could also qualify if you don’t receive any benefits but have a total household income of £18,000 or less.
Alison Wheeldon, the council’s sustainability officer, said: “The cost of replacing a boiler can put people off which is why it’s such good news that this help is available. But it’s only available until the end of April so please get in touch with us now to arrange an assessment.
“New boilers not only make homes warmer and more energy efficient, they can also save you money on your fuel bills so there’s no reason not to get involved.”
To find out more, contact the Warmstreets team on 0800 043 9569 as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to make your home cheaper to heat and warmer pay a visit to the Fantastic Home interactive exhibition which is visiting Glossop market on Fridays 5 and 12 April between 10am and 3pm.
Experienced and friendly advisors from the charity Marches Energy Agency (MEA) will be available to provide energy efficiency advice and assistance with accessing government schemes such as the Green Deal and ECO which can help fund home improvements.
Visitors will also be able to find out which home appliances they could power with their legs on the Watt Bike, see how much heat they lose from their bodies with the thermal image camera, and pick up free energy saving items to take home.
Caroline Harmon, Project Manager at MEA, said: “We’re delighted to be able to visit Glossop and offer people the chance to find out how to make their homes warmer and cosier to heat. We’d encourage everyone to come and find out how to make their homes fantastic!”
Notes to Editors
LAEP, an established partnership of local authorities in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, won the third largest grant in the UK despite stiff competition and a significantly over-subscribed fund demonstrating the advantage of working together.
The Fantastic Home exhibition is coming to Glossop market in April.
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