Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie wants households to check if they are eligible for a new £1 billion government fund designed to cut annual energy bills.
More than 300,000 homes in England, Scotland and Wales to get insulation installed, which could save families an average of £400 a year on their energy bills.
The Great British Insulation Scheme was launched today with an eligibility checker and referral service. It also incorporates the Home Upgrade Grant to help off grid homes.
“Upgrading homes to be more energy efficient is the best long-term solution for reducing energy costs, tackling fuel poverty, and keeping warm and healthy in winter,” Ms Baillie explained.
“The government will spend the cash over three years to help over 300,000 households across the UK insulate their homes and save money on their heating.”
To check eligibility, go to: https://www.gov.uk/apply-great-british-insulation-scheme
“This announcement is very welcome and a huge investment by government to help make Stroud homes warmer, more energy efficient and crucially cheaper to heat,” said Siobhan.
“There are big annual savings to be had for those who can access this money. I am pleased the new scheme will continue to help low income and vulnerable households but it is also extending support to households who were not previously eligible for such help.
“I want every Stroud household who thinks they might benefit to go online right now and find out. High energy bills caused by the war in Ukraine makes it important for everyone to look at what they can do to keep costs down.
“I have campaigned with local company Adey International to get the government to highlight how dealing with radiator sludge can help improve energy efficiency and this announcement also shows how the government continues to offer substantial support with cost-of-living pressures.”
The new scheme will support houses with an EPC rating of D or below that are also in Council Tax bands A-D in England as well as those that are low-income and vulnerable.
These households will be offered roof, loft or cavity wall insulation via their energy supplier, which could cut their annual energy bill by an average of between £300 to £400.
A tool has also been launched that covers the Home Upgrade Grant, meaning customers in off-the-gas-grid homes that have an EPC rating of D to G can find out what support is available, ranging from insulation and draft proofing to new windows and doors, as well as heat pumps and solar panels.