National Grid has launched a new £150m scheme called the Warm Homes Fund designed to support local authorities, registered social landlords and other organisations working in partnership with them, to address some of the issues affecting fuel poor households.
As reported in our blog, Fuel poverty & energy efficiency – recommendations to tackle the cold homes crisis in the UK, it is estimated that 4 million homes – roughly 15% of all households – are considered to be in fuel poverty, that is they are unable to heat their homes to the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy. In addition to being on low incomes many of these households are also faced with the additional burden of relying on heating systems that are inadequate and/or expensive to run.
The Warm Homes Fund has been designed to support the retrofit of new heating systems in local authority and social housing properties that are off-gas and designated as fuel poor.
Eligibility criteria for fuel poverty includes properties that are within the 25% most deprived areas. Prime candidates for applications will be any properties that are currently on night storage heaters or oil systems. Applications can also include any type of building from individual dwellings to tower blocks.
Time is limited and applications to the fund for this year’s tranche (£50m) must be submitted by 8th September.
To find out more about the Warm Homes Fund, visit their website.
How we can help
Our experienced team can assist you with your application by:
- overlapping your off-gas properties with the 25% most deprived areas
- calculating the expected heating bill savings for your fuel poor residents
- calculating the scheme’s installations costs
- exploring other types of funding which may available to you, such as ECO.
If this is of interest, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch using our online contact form.