Grants are now available for households to keep their homes warm who are on a low income and live in the least energy-efficient homes. The grants are part of a £10 million award to local authorities in Lincolnshire to carry out home improvements that will reduce energy bills and improve quality of life.
People who live in West Lindsey, city of Lincoln, South Kesteven and North Kesteven districts, can apply for the funding through the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2). The scheme is led by the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero which awarded the funding to the local authorities.
The grants can be used to help cover the cost of improvements such as roof, cavity, and external wall insulation and low-carbon heating solutions such as ground and air source heat pumps. Depending on the property’s EPC rating, homeowners could apply for anything from £8,000 to £38,000 to make the upgrades needed for their homes.
Councillor Stephen Bunney, chair of the Council’s, Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change working group, said: “As we head into autumn, many residents will start to think about how they are going to heat their homes, which is a real concern for many people. These grants are aimed at supporting those in our communities who are on low incomes to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and look at alternative, low-carbon heating systems.
“I would urge residents in West Lindsey to look into this scheme because not only will it help improve the quality of life and take the worry out of colder days and nights, but it’s a small step – that can make a big impact on the wider environment and climate.”
Veronica Edwards, senior homes, health and wellbeing officer at West Lindsey District Council, said: “I’m thrilled we can continue to offer HUG funding for residents of West Lindsey to install energy-reducing measures in their homes, assisting in tackling fuel poverty in the district.
“Such initiatives support the Council’s Housing Strategy, and Environment and Sustainability Strategy, by assisting residents to improve the energy efficiency ratings in their homes.”
To be eligible to apply for the grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a household income of less than £31,000 a year
- Are off the gas grid (meaning the property isn’t connected and does not have access to a mains gas supply.)
- Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) between D and G
Local authorities are working alongside energy experts Yorkshire Energy Services (YES) to deliver this incentive. To apply for a grant you can contact YES via email at email@example.com; or call on 03309 126199.
West Lindsey District Council said is has also launched its Small Steps – Big Impact campaign which aims to encourage and support locals to take simple and easy steps to improve the environment. It said it has purchased its first electric vans, replacing older diesel vehicles as part of its commitment and has installed solar PV panels on its waste vehicles to work towards becoming net zero by 2050.