Richmondshire District Council

Scheme to tackle fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions

Residents on low incomes in parts of North Yorkshire are set to benefit from a scheme aimed at tackling fuel poverty and cutting carbon emissions.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is operating in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Ryedale District Council areas and the Scarborough Borough Council area.

Any household in these areas with an annual income below £30,000 and a low energy efficient property (energy efficiency rating of D, E, F or G) can apply for the full cost of having a range of energy efficient and low carbon measures installed in their home.

The measures available include external and cavity wall insulation, double glazed windows and doors, loft insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and smart heating controls.

Improvements to energy efficiency can make homes warmer, reduce the cost of utility bills and lower the carbon emissions produced.

A partnership between North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Ryedale district councils and Scarborough Borough Council has been successful in attracting £2.4 million of government funding to offer the Green Homes Grant scheme in the county.

Energy provider E.ON is operating the scheme for the councils. The company will also be responsible for the installation of the energy efficient measures.

The easiest way for residents to apply to the scheme is online via E.ON's website. Alternatively they can email greenhomesgrant@eonenergy.com or call E.ON on 0333 202 4820, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Residents do not need to be an E.ON customer to apply.

The scheme will complement other energy efficiency initiatives already in operation throughout the four local authority areas.

Callum McKeon, Corporate Director for Richmondshire District Council, said: “Domestic heating is one of the main contributors to climate change so this scheme will play a key role in the councils’ plans to cut carbon emissions in Richmondshire and across North Yorkshire over the next few years.

“We are pleased to be able to bring this scheme to the parts of the district where energy inefficiency in properties is high and where households may struggle to make the required improvements to their homes without financial help.

“As a council we are already making good progress in reducing our own carbon emissions, including the replacement of street lamps with energy-efficient LEDs, part night lighting and installing solar panels on some of our buildings.

“Now, through this scheme, we will be able to help our local residents do their bit to reduce their carbon emissions and get a home that costs them less to keep warm.”

Nigel Dewbery, Director of Residential Solutions at E.ON, said:“ Improving the energy efficiency of homes across the UK is key to meeting the nation’s net zero targets and can dramatically improve people’s living conditions by helping to increase their comfort and reduce their energy bills.

“We’re delighted to be bringing these benefits to households across North Yorkshire as we work with Hambleton, Richmondshire and Ryedale District Councils and Scarborough Borough Council to install the energy efficiency measures in the homes of eligible residents.”

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