Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme
The Government’s ‘Green Homes Grant’ is now available to Wyre residents. The grant is worth up to £10,000 per property and eligible measures are free for owner-occupiers. Landlords can apply but a contribution will be expected in every case. This means that you could get your home winter-ready and the Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) initiative will pick up the bill to help you get warmer, and stay warmer in future for less money.
What is a Green Homes Grant?
In July 2020 the Government announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, £500 million of which was allocated to local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households by installing insulation measures and renewable heating technologies. Funding has been secured by Blackpool Council on behalf of all 15 Lancashire authorities with the aim of reducing fuel poverty across the County. Therefore Wyre is now able to offer eligible residents access to the grant, via the CHiL initiative.
What is the Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) initiative?
CHiL is an affordable warmth scheme initiative which has been established by the 15 local authorities in Lancashire. CHiL operates the scheme and Rhea Projects Ltd has been contracted to manage the delivery of the CHiL initiative.
How much is the grant?
If you are a homeowner you may be entitled to receive up to £10,000 towards eligible measures to improve the energy efficiency of your property. Landlords are eligible to apply but will be expected to pay a contribution. As part of CHiL, Wyre Council wants to help you make your home greener, warmer and better for the environment. The energy efficiency measures will also make it cheaper to heat your home.
What improvements can you get with the grant?
If you and your property are eligible, the following energy efficient measures may be covered by the grant:
- Insulation (solid wall insulation, loft/cavity, room in roof and underfloor)
- Renewable heating technologies
- Energy efficient external doors and window upgrades (single glazed to double glazed)
Are you be eligible for the grant?
You may be eligible if:
- Your property has a low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of band D, E, F or G.
- You own the home (including shared ownership and park homes on residential sites)
- you are in receipt of any benefits
- You are a residential Landlord
- The occupants of the home have a combined gross annual household income of less than £30,000 per year and have savings under £16,000
The quickest and easiest way to check your eligibility and to apply is online.
What happens if you live in rented accommodation?
The grant is also available to landlords in order to help them upgrade the property you are living in. Ultimately it will increase the value of the property. We are encouraging all our residents who are struggling to heat their home in winter, to speak to their landlord today and tell them about the grant.
How do you find the energy efficiency rating for your home?
There’s a handy government website tool which will help you find out the EPC rating for your property. If your property has never had an EPC survey then CHiL can do this through the scheme.
Quality of Work
All work undertaken will be in accordance with current Government retrofit standards (PAS 2035.2019) and will be carried out by Trustmark-registered installers for your peace of mind.
When does the scheme end?
The scheme launches on 22 March 2021 and runs until December 2021. Act fast to find out if you’re eligible or you may miss out.
How do I apply?
You can apply online or call 03306 061 488 (local rate) so eligibility can be established and the process explained to you.
Surveys will be carried out at no cost to you by an approved energy and heating specialist. Following the survey, recommendations will be made to you about the most suitable energy efficiency improvements for your home to improve the thermal comfort and save you money on future energy bills.
For more information visit chil.uk.com
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