Worcestershire residents can access funding to connect to mains gas for the first time.
The Warmer Worcestershire network, coordinated by Worcestershire County Council, have secured the funding from the National Grid Warm Homes Fund to provide Worcestershire with 150 first time gas central heating systems.
The funding can remove old night storage heaters or plug in electric heaters and install a gas central heating system for privately owned households.
Gas central heating can help lower the cost of heating your home when compared with electric night storage heaters. The savings could be up to £800 per year.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment – Councillor Tony Miller said:
"This is the first time Warmer Worcestershire has had access to funding for first time central heating. Making the switch to gas central heating can help Worcestershire residents lower their energy bills, heat their home effectively and efficiently to stay warm and well. So I would urge people to get in touch and find out what is available to them this winter."
In order to be eligible for the funding, there must be no existing central heating at the applicant's property (some old night storage heaters may be eligible), the property must be in an area near to a mains gas supply, and be privately owned (improvements to social housing cannot be funded).
To meet the application criteria, the Householder/tenant must also be in receipt of qualifying benefits or must pass a low income high energy cost assessment.
Private landlords can apply for 50% funding towards the cost of a first time gas central heating system. In addition to the eligibly criteria above, the property must have an existing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating in a band A – E.
Installations of the gas central heating systems are subject to technical survey by an appointed contractor and gas transporter.
Local energy charity Act on Energy are available to support applicants with any customer enquiries, eligibility checks and submitting their applications on freephone 0800 988 2881 or can be reached via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about Warmer Worcestershire funding, visit www.warmerworcestershire.com
The project will run until May 2021 unless all funds are allocated before this date.