Households across Yorkshire are set to benefit from full central heating for the first time, through a project funded by the National Grid Warm Homes Fund.
The scheme will benefit over 600 homes including homeowners as well as council and private tenants who currently use electric heating to keep their homes warm.
Thanks to the funding, councils are offering a free central heating system to council properties who currently do not have gas central heating. Private households and landlords* can apply for a free system through Better Homes Yorkshire who are delivering the works on behalf of the council.
Better Homes Yorkshire is working with councils across Yorkshire to improve the energy efficiency of properties and help reduce fuel poverty by targeting heating and insulation upgrades.
Steve Batty, Framework Director for Better Homes Yorkshire, said: “Around four million homes in the UK are suffering from fuel poverty so we’re very excited about this new funding which will help reduce this figure by providing free gas central heating systems across the region.
“This is the perfect time for a heating upgrade and we hope many properties will be warmer this winter thanks to the Warm Homes Fund.”
Last year authorities working alongside Better Homes Yorkshire received over £1m of funding to help target fuel poverty.
The free gas central heating upgrade is available to all properties meeting the eligibility criteria. To be eligible, the property must have an energy rating of a band D or below and must not have an existing gas heating system.
Private residents are encouraged to apply for the free central heating system through Better Homes Yorkshire www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk, or telephone 0800 597 1500.
Council tenants interested in the scheme can contact their local housing office. Councils that have received the funding include; Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Leeds City Council, Calderdale Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Selby District Council, City of York Council and Craven District Council.
*A reduced fee applies for private landlord