Essex Climate Action Commission
Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme
A Government grant has been awarded to Essex County Council and seven of the county’s city, district and borough councils to install insulation and energy efficient heating in Essex homes. The £813,000 funding comes from the £200m Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, established by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The funding is designed to support local authorities to help homeowners and landlords install energy saving measures, such as loft insulation, in homes across Essex and will see even more people in Essex who are unable to heat their homes properly get help to keep their homes warm this winter. To be eligible for up to £10,000 grant, homes to be improved should be currently rated as Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) E, F or G and the household income below £30,000. Aran Insulation has recently been appointed as the contractor to deliver the measures which include installing energy efficient heating and all types of insulation. Residents can check their eligibility for the funding and, if applicable, apply for the grant by emailing Aran Insulation at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0800 587 7795.
Essex Energy Switch
In December Essex County Council launched this year’s Essex Energy Switch campaign. The Essex Energy Switch is a collective switching scheme which aims to help as many residents switch energy providers to secure a better deal on their gas and electricity bills. The scheme brings together large groups of Essex residents who want to switch energy providers into one ‘auction’. The major energy providers then ‘bid’ in the auction by offering the best possible price to the collective. The provider offering the best price wins the auction, and everyone who signed up is given the opportunity to switch to the new tariff. This year scheme will offer 100% renewable electricity tariffs, so it’s never been easier for Essex residents to go green. Over the past seven years Essex County Council has helped 17,500 residents save over a total of £4.1 m. Essex residents have until 9th February to register online for the scheme.
Warm Homes Essex
Essex County Council is working in partnership with the Citizens Advice service in Essex, to deliver a project that supports fuel poor households to improve their financial and physical circumstances. The initiative sees a team of specialist energy advisers operating across the county, working with their clients to provide advice services for people struggling with their energy bills, managing debt with energy suppliers and obtaining grants to improve energy efficiency. Residents and professionals can contact the Citizens Advice Warm Homes team on 0300 3033 789 or visit www.warmhomesessex.org.uk.