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New initiative launched to help homes in Swale be warmer, greener and save on fuel bills

Published Friday 21 January, 2022
Last updated on Friday 21 January, 2022

People across Swale are being encouraged to check if they are eligible to receive help under a new scheme being launched to help local householders be warmer in their homes, lower their carbon emissions, and save money on their fuel bills this winter.

Under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, delivered by Warmworks on behalf of Swale Borough Council and through funding from the UK Government, householders can apply to receive improvements to increase the comfort and warmth in their home. The scheme offers a wide range of insulation measures, and renewable heating technologies, such as air source heat pumps, which are designed to reduce the impact of heating homes upon the environment.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is open to homeowners with a low energy rating and a low annual income. Each home that meets the criteria is eligible for a £10,000 grant that is distributed by Warmworks and is available until 31 March 2022.

Warmworks will arrange a survey in the homes of eligible householders to agree what work will be carried out. Then, a local accredited and registered sub-contractor team completes the installation of the agreed heating and energy-efficiency measures before an independent inspection assesses the completed work against rigorous quality standards.

Where required, Warmworks will also then arrange for a full annual service to be completed 12 months later.

Cllr Ben Martin, cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

"As we move further into winter and we depend on our heating systems more, families are facing increasing energy bills.

“A recent report by the Resolution Foundation found that 1 in 4 households will find their energy bills unaffordable this year due to price rises.

“The Green Homes Grant scheme offers vital improvements which could help people who are on low incomes and who find it hard to heat their home benefit from measures which could see them being warmer, reduce their bills, and decrease their home’s impact on the environment.”​

Cllr Ghlin Whelin, deputy cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

“Warmworks have a strong track record of delivering schemes to more than 25,000 homes, which have helped their customers improve their heating.

“I’d encourage everyone in Swale who is on a low income and struggling to pay their energy bills to check if they are eligible to receive help from the Green Homes Grant scheme.”

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks Managing Director, said:

“On the back of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, I’m delighted that Warmworks is working in partnership with Swale to deliver the Green Homes Grant scheme.

“Not only does the renewable heating technology available under it offer local people an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and support the transition to Net Zero, but as the colder weather hits, one of the most important benefits we can offer through the scheme is to help people across Swale to feel warmer, healthier and happier in their homes during these winter months.

“A few minutes to complete our short application could help your home stay warmer for years ahead.”

You can find out if you are eligible for the scheme by completing the short application form at https://www.warmworks.co.uk/greenhomesgrant/ or by calling Warmworks free of charge on 0808 196 8255.