New scheme will help Leicestershire households cut their energy bills

Published: Fri 22nd July, 2022

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The following press release was first issued by Leicestershire County Council.

More than 300 homeowners in Leicestershire are eligible for efficiency improvements which will reduce energy costs as well as making households warmer and greener.

A new partnership between Leicestershire County Council and the district councils will pay for measures which will help Leicestershire residents go green, reduce costs and tackle climate change.

As part of the new Green Living Leicestershire programme, eligible county residents will benefit from fully-funded home improvements including loft and wall insulation, solar panels, heat pumps and new efficient windows and doors.

Although Leicestershire has just experienced a record-breaking heatwave, residents are being encouraged to think about getting their homes ready for the winter.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that solar panels can save households an average of £280 per year, as well as saving up to 1.6 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Green Living Leicestershire is funded by £3.6 million provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and administered through Midlands Net Zero Hub.

Councillor Louise Richardson, cabinet member for public health at Leicestershire County Council, said: “With energy bills soaring, not only will this scheme help residents with the cost of living, but it will also help Leicestershire become a net zero county by 2045 by cutting carbon emissions

“I would urge any household who thinks they might be eligible to visit the website and find out more about these essential and sustainable home improvements.”

The new scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency of owner-occupier households most in need of support, reduce energy bills and tackle climate change. It follows on from previous successful funding bids, including the Green Homes Grant and Warm Homes Fund.

The eligibility criteria include households with an income of £30,000 or less per year or in receipt of means-tested benefits, and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G. It will prioritise supporting low-income households heated by mains gas, those off the gas grid, and those at high risk of fuel poverty.

For more information on the grants, or to apply, visit the county council’s Green Living Leicestershire page, or call project delivery partner YES Energy Solutions on 03309 126199, who can support residents with their applications.

The Green Living Leicestershire project forms part of the council’s wider work to tackle climate change, including fresh proposals to make Leicestershire a net zero carbon county by 2045.

These proposals are now being consulted on. To take part in the consultation or to find out more about the council’s net zero ambitions, visit the net zero webpage.