York council have set up a scheme helping low income households to heat their homes in time for winter. The council is teaming up with Better Homes Yorkshire, giving out grants for new boilers and insulation.
The manager of the scheme, Lance Saxby, says: “York Council has joined up with 9 other councils to bid for money to try and alleviate fuel poverty in the city and across Leeds City region. We work together to put together fuel poverty schemes to help people on lower incomes to help reduce their heating costs.”
Homeowners with an annual income of below £20,000 are able to apply for full grants. Those with an annual income of £20,000-£35,000 can receive 75 percent of the payment towards the improvement costs.
Saxby, says: “The remaining payment is not normally a huge amount. The total cost may be £900-1200, so their contribution towards that could be a couple of hundred pounds it’s certainly not a huge amount of money.”
It’s said that there are many benefits which cavity wall insulation brings. The installation typically takes half a day and can save you up to £135 a year on energy bills. It also prevents future condensation and slows down the rate which heat escapes from homes.
Another benefit offered from the council is the installation of a high efficiency gas boiler. Interest free loans for replacement boilers are also an option for homeowners. If your boiler is more than ten years old it’s likely to be inefficient and expensive to run. This new instalment could save you up to £300 a year.
“We have around £670,000 by the end of December 2018, there is a set of qualifying criteria to identify households which have a low income and those who live in energy insufficient homes. Those people apply to us then we pass them onto better homes Yorkshire, after that the work can be arranged to be done.” Saxby says.
This is a straightforward process, which in return, shows a big save on energy bills.