Waverley residents on lower incomes who haven’t yet applied can still take advantage of an extra £3 million of funding to help save money on their energy bills.
Last year, Central Government made available £6.2m to help 600 Surrey households make home improvements that would save them money on future energy bills. Waverley Borough Council worked as part of a consortium led by Action Surrey to obtain the grant for residents.
More than 500 Surrey residents have already signed up to make their homes warmer, cut their energy bills and improve their green credentials as part of the “Green Jump Surrey” initiative which is being run by the domestic energy efficient service, Action Surrey, on behalf of partner local authorities.
The additional funding for Green Jump Surrey, from central government and Surrey County Council, allows the initiative to fully fund measures to improve the energy efficiency of another 300 homes by up to £15,000 per household.
Eligible owner-occupied households can use the funding to install energy efficient improvements including loft, solid wall, cavity wall, park home and underfloor insulation, to keep their home warm. Air source heat pumps, solar hot water systems and solar photovoltaics can also be funded in addition to insulation, to further help save on energy bills and reduce carbon emission.
Richard Homewood, Waverley Borough Council's Head of Environmental & Regulatory Services, said: “As a council working hard to cut back on its own carbon emissions and supporting the move towards a net-zero carbon Waverley by 2030, we encourage residents to make their homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run. I urge Waverley residents to contact Action Surrey to check if they are eligible for funding and take advantage of this opportunity.”
You could be eligible if you are living in a hard-to-heat home and are in receipt of an eligible means-tested benefit or have a total gross annual household income of less than £30,000. With this additional funding, if you have two or more children or high housing costs, the income eligibility criteria have been extended to allow mortgage costs and number of dependent children to be taken into consideration.
As funding is time-limited, contact Action Surrey as soon as possible on 0800 783 2503 or via www.actionsurrey.org/enquiries to check your eligibility for support.
* Funding is available to those who meet the criteria and are currently living within one of the 10 local authorities participating in the Green Jump Surrey project: Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking. Grants will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be monitored by Action Surrey, who is delivering the project on behalf of the local authorities.
* Action Surrey is an impartial energy advice centre set up by local councils across Surrey, including Surrey County Council, to help residents save money on their energy bills and keep warm in their homes. Action Surrey has a network of trusted installers, all adhering to safety protocols, to deliver the installations. Action Surrey is managed by ThamesWey Sustainable Communities, a company wholly owned by Woking Borough Council.