People with attic rooms living in York are being encouraged to check their eligibility for free energy-efficient insulation following recent funding secured by the City of York Council.
The council received £300,000 from the Government to run the Home Upgrade Grant scheme, which targets homes with cold attic rooms with the aim of making the homes warmer, improving energy efficiency and helping reduce fuel bills.
The work is being arranged by Better Homes York, on behalf of the council, with work carried out by Eclipse Energy. The work takes around 2 weeks to complete and involves the installation of insulation boarding to the walls and ceilings to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Following insulation, the room will be plastered and decorated in white to finish.
The council’s funding will be used to support residents with a joint annual income of £30,000 or less who live in homes with low levels of energy efficiency (those with Energy Performance Certificate band ratings of D, E, F and G).
Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability for Better Homes Yorkshire, said: “Better Homes Yorkshire was created to help residents across the region pay less for their energy and live in warmer, healthier homes.
“A home loses approximately a quarter of its heat through its roof, so a well-insulated roof space can result in big savings for residents. Insulating an attic room can also turn an otherwise unused space into a nice extra bedroom and, in some cases, increase the value of the house.
“This new scheme is a great opportunity for people in the area to not only save energy, but also live in a warmer home at a reduced cost to them, so I’d urge anyone who is eligible to take advantage of the offer.”
Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Communities at City of York Council, said: “This is one of a number of insulation initiatives in the city as part of our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. This particular project will help to reduce carbon emissions by up to 2,480 CO2 tonnes to help tackle the climate emergency.
“The funding is available for a limited amount of time and the work must be completed by September 2021. Residents and landlords are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure the funding can be used most effectively.
“Private tenants should speak to their landlord about improvements that can be made and highlight how they can apply for funding to help improve the rental property’s energy efficiency.”
To find out more about the scheme and to see if you’re eligible, please contact Eclipse Energy directly on telephone: 0800 8789187 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.