Richmondshire residents could be eligible for funding to upgrade their home’s heating systems.
The District Council has joined a scheme which has seen a number of local authorities secure cash from the Warm Homes Fund - an innovative funding stream established by National Grid to help make households warmer, healthier and make their homes cheaper to heat.
Homeowners and private renting tenants that don’t have any radiators in their property and currently use inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or fires could get an A-rated gas-powered central heating system installed in their home for free.
To qualify for the funding, each resident must either be in receipt of certain state benefits or have a household income below £21,000, and live in a property which is not energy efficient. Householders that are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home could also receive support.
Richmondshire District Council - which joins North Yorkshire County Council and other local district councils in the initiative – will provide match funding to support installations in the area. And there are separate grants available to help connect homes to the mains gas network.
Councillor Angie Dale, Leader of Richmondshire District Council said: “Joining the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund scheme will give our most vulnerable residents the opportunity to upgrade their heating facilities and keep warm for less.
“The scheme will also help to improve the energy efficiency of properties in Richmondshire by replacing old heating systems with A-rated gas central heating.”
Award winning community interest company YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of the councils. Anyone who thinks they may qualify should contact YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100.