Council homes to get a green heating boost

Eco energy isn’t just the preserve of rich householders in the Home Counties, it’s becoming more accessible to everyone, and new government incentives like the forthcoming Green Deal are set to make green home improvements affordable for millions.

£3 million for green heating improvements

And now a £3 million scheme is helping social housing tenants get eco-heaters installed in their homes, saving them money and helping the environment to boot. With recent hikes in energy prices by the major ‘big six’ energy suppliers it should come as a welcome boost for many people feeling the pinch.

Local councils and social housing associations will be able to bid for their share of the cash to pay for the installation of green heating equipment like biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps, solar hot water panels and air-to-water and water-to-water heat pumps.

Reducing energy bills

Green Heating

Social and council housing tenants will be able to get access to green heating measures

“Improving and greening Britain’s homes must make strong financial sense if we are to provide a real sustainable alternative to expensive old heating systems,” said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. “If people choose to go green, they want to see real savings.”

“This new programme is directly targeted at many of the people who will be struggling to pay their heating bills next winter. It will drive the take up of new heating technologies in social housing and help slash their dependence on big energy companies and expensive tariffs.”

“In the face of rising gas and electricity bills, the Premium Payment scheme is a valuable way for people to get involved in energy generation at a local level, insulating them from volatile fossil fuel costs and ensuring homes are heated in a greener, more sustainable way.

Local councils and housing groups to bid for the cash

Social housing providers are able to bid for up to £175,000 to support eco heating measures. It’s hoped that at least 17 council estates and social housing projects will benefit from the cash.

Successful applicants will know in October 2011 if they can start planning to install their new renewable heat kit.

Currently about half of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from generating heat, so it’s important to find more efficient ways of heating our homes. And with this new funding, if you live in a council house or have a social landlord, you could be in for lower energy bills and a more efficiently heated home. If you’re not sure if your housing provider is on the case with a bid, get in touch with them now.