Bay residents offered chance of £10,000 green grants

Torbay Weekly

Residents across Torbay who are on a low income can now benefit from free energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000.

Torbay is one of the areas receiving a share of a multi-million pound Government funded programme, led by West of England Combined Authority, working with E.ON and Happy Energy Solutions.
This Green Homes Grants Scheme means owner occupiers who are on benefits or earn under £30,000 a year will benefit from energy efficiency installations up to the value of £10,000 with nothing to pay towards the costs of the works.

Tenants of rented properties can also access grants of up to £5,000 for energy efficiency upgrades, but the landlord will be expected to contribute at least one third towards the cost of works.
What will be funded by the grant will vary for each resident’s home, but may include for example loft and cavity wall insulation. For those that meet the criteria, submit an application at Heat Devon to find out what is available.
Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture said: “It is great news to hear that our residents can be helped to save money on their fuel bills through installing a range of free energy saving measures. Finding ways for our residents to be part of our Torbay wide goal of making Torbay Carbon Neutral by 2030 is also important to us and this scheme will help to reduce the amount of carbon that comes from our homes.”
To be eligible for the grants the residents of the property must have a low income (receive benefits or have the household income below £30,000 per annum) and the Energy Performance Certificate for the property must be rated D, E, F or G. If there is no EPC for your property, you can still apply and it doesn’t matter who your energy supplier is.

If you’re struggling to keep your home warm and you think you might be eligible for some help, you can submit an application at the following website address: www.heatdevon.co.uk
How long is the scheme running for?
The scheme is expected to run until March,  but will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you feel you qualify for this grant you can submit an application at www.heatdevon.co.uk

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