Warm Homes Fund
Wealden District Council has teamed up with the National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC to offer grants for the installation of first time central heating. The fund is intended to help 40 homes install oil central heating where a full central heating system does not currently exist.
We can only help the first 40 homes so get in contact today so you don’t miss out. If you own your own property or privately rent you can access the funding if you meet the following criteria.
- The home is located in a rural area not connected to the gas grid.
- The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated F or G.
- No full central heating system currently exists in the property or the home relies on room heaters, plug in heaters, electric ceiling heating, fire places or stoves to heat the home.
- The occupant receives one of the qualifying benefits:
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
The Green Deal is largely aimed at owner occupiers and private rented tenants. For those in private rented accommodation agreement is needed between the tenant and the landlord before a Green Deal can be considered. The Green Deal is a loan that is repaid through savings on your energy bill. The repayments should be no more than what a typical household should save in energy costs. The repayments should not exceed the cost of getting the work done in the first place.
Types of home improvements available from a Green Deal:
- Solid or cavity wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Draught proofing
- Double glazing
- Upgrades to your heating system
- Renewable energy technologies
To get a Green Deal you first need an assessment. After the assessment an occupancy report and EPC are produced. A Green Deal provider will then discuss if a Green Deal plan is right for you. The Green Deal plan sets out the repayments and work to be carried out. When the plan has been agreed the Green Deal provider can arrange for work to be carried out. All works carried out are done by Green Deal approved tradesmen.
Find out more about the Green Deal (external link) or telephone the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The Energy Company Obligation is funded by the six big energy suppliers. Grants are available to vulnerable and low income households, hard to treat properties or those living in low income communities.
You can contact your energy supplier directly to register your interest and see if you are eligible for funding or telephone the home heat helpline on 0800 33 66 99.
Parity Trust (External Link) works in partnership with local authorities. They are a socially responsible ethical lender. Financial assistance is available to help households install renewable energy technologies, solid wall insulation, voltage optimisation and water recycling technology. Loans range from £1000 to £25,000 at a typical fixed interest rate of 5.63% APR. To be eligible you must:
- Be over 18
- Be an owner or leaseholder with at least 5 years to the lease expires
- Have a duty or power to carry out the work
- Have a household income less than £60,000