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People across Stevenage are being encouraged to check if they are eligible to receive help under a new scheme being launched to help local householders be warmer in their homes, lower their carbon emissions and save money on their fuel bills this winter.

Under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, delivered by Warmworks on behalf of Stevenage Borough Council with funding from central government, householders can apply to receive improvements to increase the comfort and warmth of their home. The scheme offers a wide range of insulation measures and renewable heating technologies which are designed to support a reduction in the property's impact on the environment.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is open to homeowners, private tenants and people in social rented accommodation, where the home has a low energy rating (D rated or below) and a low annual income.

If Warmworks calculates the household coming forward would be eligible for support, they will arrange a survey of the home to agree the work that will be carried out. An accredited and registered sub-contractor team then completes the installation of the agreed heating and energy-efficiency measures, before an independent inspection assesses the completed work against rigorous quality standards. Where required, Warmworks will also then arrange for a full annual service to be completed 12 months later.

Potential improvements include:

  • Wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Air Source, ground source or hybrid heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Double / triple glazing to replace single glazing
  • Energy efficient doors
  • Thermostats and heating controls
  • Hot water tank insulation

Councillor John Gardner, Executive member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said:

“As we move into the colder months and we depend on our heating systems more, the Green Homes Grant scheme offers vital improvements that could see many people across Stevenage. These grants will help those who are on a low income and finding it hard to heat their home benefit from measures that could see them being warmer, reduce their bills and decrease their carbon footprint.

“Through our work to get to net zero as a town by 2030, Stevenage Borough Council is working on a wide range of initiatives to help us all work to reduce our carbon emissions. This new scheme is a great opportunity for eligible householders to make a real difference to their homes.”

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks Managing Director, said:

“On the back of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, I’m delighted that Warmworks is working in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council to deliver the Green Homes Grant scheme.

“Not only do the funded energy efficiency measures that the scheme provides give local people an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and support the transition to Net Zero, but as the colder weather hits, one of the most important benefits we can offer through the scheme is to help people feel warmer, healthier and happier in their homes during these winter months.

“A few minutes to complete our short application could help your home stay warmer for years ahead.”

You can find out if you are eligible for the scheme by completing the short application form or call the Warmworks helpline on 0800 011 6189.

Details on your eligibility can be found on the Warmworks website