City Energy’s primary objectives are to reduce fuel poverty, remove carbon and give our customers warmer homes – which we’ve helped thousands of customers do. Higher energy bills are a worry for many homeowners and finding new ways to improve and manage those heating expectations is becoming an ever-increasing priority. Improving your energy efficiency is a great starting point to improve your home energy performance. To help improve your energy rating further, have you considered some additional home energy improvements?
Home energy improvements does mean spending money to reap the benefits of a warmer home. This is where we can help. There are several schemes available that are designed to keep your home much warmer without you having to front the cost. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme was introduced to assist homeowners with home energy improvements, including first-time central heating systems for those who are currently using electricity as their main source of heating. The scheme operates UK-wide and sets out obligations for energy companies to assist residents with these home energy improvement measures – allowing us to draw down this funding and help fight the growing number of homes currently in fuel poverty.
A supporting programme to the ECO scheme is the Local Authority Eligibility Flexibility (LA Flex) scheme. The purpose of this programme is for Local Authorities to be able to provide further support to their residents through the ECO scheme. This programme allows residents who may not qualify under ECO to benefit from the funding schemes that are available. The LA Flex programme gives Local Authorities the ability to increase the eligibility criteria to include health conditions, income levels and vulnerability.
The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme was announced in July 2020 by the Chancellor. The scheme commits to investing £2 billion to upgrade homes across England. Under this, £500 million funding will be allocated to Local Authorities as part of the Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LADs), to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households. The LAD scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency of low-income and low-energy performing properties (with an EPC rating of E, F, or G – although band D is also in scope in Phase 1B), including off-gas network homes.
In addition to the above schemes mentioned, The Warm Home Fund (WHF) is a £150 million scheme operating across England, Wales, and Scotland which tackles homeowners and their families in fuel poverty and who don’t have gas heating as their primary heating source. We are currently operating 3 schemes in parts of the UK and in negotiations to deliver another half a dozen similar programmes across the country.
If you need our help in accessing funding for energy home improvements and would like to know if you qualify for any of the above schemes, please get in touch today. We can not only provide the funding but also install the energy efficiency measures you need to improve your property. We can manage the entire application process from start to finish – we’ll confirm your eligibility, we will survey your property, we will advise you of the most appropriate measures, and we will then make sure you are comfortable with what we have planned, when we plan to do it and even how we plan to do it. We are 100% focused on improving your home and your quality of living – our customers are at the heart of everything we do.