07/10/2020: Winter is coming - Breckland residents urged to apply for Green Homes Grants

Breckland Council is encouraging householders to come forward to access grants which can help pay for energy-saving insulation and heating for their homes.

The new Green Homes Grants scheme will see eligible homeowners and landlords given a voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient and low-carbon heating improvements which could help save them up to £600 a year on energy bills.

The voucher can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements and the maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. Homeowners who have a member of their household in receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit can get extra help, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements (up to £10,000).

The Green Homes Grant Scheme, which is administered in Breckland by Norfolk County Council, covers energy-saving measures including loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation, biomass pellet boilersdraught-proofingdouble/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), energy-efficient replacement doors and a host of similar energy saving solutions. Advice is provided as to which measures may be best suited to resident's homes.

Breckland Council's Executive Member for Health & Housing, Councillor Alison Webb, commented: "We know that many people, especially older and vulnerable residents, dread the approach of winter as they worry about affording to keep their homes warm. This scheme provides money for practical steps to help improve their homes, keep them warmer and save on their energy bills. A warm home is essential to both health and wellbeing, so we'd urge anyone concerned about keeping their home warm this winter to apply for this scheme."

To find out more and check if you are eligible for the scheme, please visit theSimple Energy Advice website.

Last updated: 07/10/2020 10:28:12