Suffolk residents are set to benefit in two ways following recent Government announcements about its Green Homes Grants.
The Green Homes scheme, which is designed to help make homes more energy efficient, offers vouchers to households to get energy saving work done, and also invites councils to bid for funding to run home energy efficiency projects.
A Suffolk consortium has been awarded over £1 million from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy for five projects to be installed by 31 March 2021.
The funding will help retrofit external insulation in two properties in east Suffolk; install solid wall insulation in ten properties in Leiston and Sizewell; and install insulation and heating measures in 73 social housing homes managed by Flagship Group.
Meanwhile, the Greener Homes voucher scheme for homes has been extended to March 2022, giving households an extra year to apply for up to £5000 towards energy saving measures.
Cllr James Mallinder, Cabinet member for Environment at East Suffolk Council said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure this funding to improve energy efficiency in homes across Suffolk. East Suffolk Council is committed to developing and delivering a strong environment vision and following our climate emergency declaration last year, this is an important step in reducing our carbon footprint in homes. Not only does better insulated homes reduce energy costs for residents, it also reduces the resources needed to heat and care for our homes, and by making small changes now, we can make a big difference over time.”
John Rayner, Clerk to Leiston cum Sizewell Town Council added: “We are delighted to be a part of this successful consortium bid with West Suffolk Council, which has provided funding for energy efficiency measures for 10 Leiston homes. Leiston Together are leading the “Net Zero Leiston” project, a collaboration of low carbon energy consultancies, engineering expertise and local councils, which is informing the path to get our town to Net Zero Emissions. By increasing the energy efficiency of the homes in Leiston, we are tackling climate change, whilst also helping our vulnerable residents save money on their energy and keep their homes warm. This funding is vital to Leiston and to the success of Net Zero Leiston. We will continue to seek further opportunities like this.”
More details can be fund at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme