Local MP, Maria Miller, welcomed Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s new home improvement grants of up to £25,000 for residents living in cold homes.
Maria said: “The recent rise in energy costs is a big concern for Basingstoke residents. Gas prices have gone up for a range of reasons including pent up demand in the economy following the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Helping residents to make their homes more energy efficient is a practical way to cut future energy bills, potentially save hundreds of pounds a year, as well as helping to reduce emissions too.”
Households on less than £30,000 or on means-tested benefits and living in homes with an EPC rating of D, E, F or G can apply for funding for energy efficiency improvements such as loft and solid wall insulation as well as solar panels and air source heat pumps. The grants do not need to be repaid and cover 100% of the costs of home improvements for people who own their home. Residents renting private accommodation are also eligible.
The grants are funded by the government through the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme and its Home Upgrade Grant scheme. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with partners through the Warmer Homes Consortium, to deliver the scheme.
Applications to the scheme are open and funding is being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with measures to be installed by March 2023.
For further information and details of how to apply, visit: www.warmerhomes.org.uk