Heat Surrey has been launched to help households in Runnymede make their homes warmer, more energy efficient and save money on heating bills.
You might not need to be on benefits to take advantage of grants that are available. Heat Surrey has been offering grants for a number of years, but thanks to new legislation from central Government, more residents are now able to receive money to make their homes warmer and more affordable to heat.
In Runnymede you are likely to be eligible for a grant if your home is privately rented; if you live in a Park Home; or if you own your home and the household income after tax and after deducting Council Tax and energy costs is less than £35,000 per year.
Private homeowners may be eligible for grants for first time central heating, insulation and boiler upgrades. Rented homes are not eligible for boiler upgrades, but tenants and landlords of privately rented properties may be eligible for grants for first time central heating and insulation, regardless of the tenants' income, as long as the home has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A to E. In many cases the works are free of charge, although central heating grants are likely to require a partial contribution from the property owner.
The Heat Surrey Project is a one-stop shop to help residents reduce their energy bills.
Government grants may be available to private-sector residents, including landlords, where a household receives qualifying benefits, including Pension Credit or Child Tax Credit.
Heat Surrey can also offer cavity-wall and loft insulation, storage-heater upgrades, new storage-heater installations and wider services such as replacement oil and LPG boilers.
Whether you want to insulate your home, upgrade your heating system, install renewable energy technologies or just switch energy supplier, Heat Surrey Project can help.
To apply or access energy advice visit www.heatsurrey.co.uk or call 0800 0246 231.
Warm homes grants for central heating and gas installation
Runnymede Borough Council have secured a share of £1.2 million from National Grid's Warm Homes Fund to help those with inefficient, older electric heating systems or no central heating system to install mains gas to their property and a new gas central heating system.
Central heating grants are available for people who:
have no heating or use open fires or plug in electric heaters.
wish to switch from electric storage heaters to a full radiator heating system.
Residents who experience health conditions linked to living in a cold home, who have expensive electric heating, hot water systems, no heating or a home with an EPC rating of E, F, or G may be eligible for funding. This funding is available for residents in privately owned or rented properties who have been identified as being off the gas network and qualifying for the first time central heating scheme or never having benefited from a central heating system for their home.
Residents looking to take advantage of these heating and insulation grants can call Heat The Home Counties on 01344 888 930 or visit the Heat The Home Counties website.
Help for Park Homes
Park Homes can have some of the highest energy bills as they may be poorly insulated and heated by expensive fuels such as bottled gas or electricity.
Heat Surrey now offers grants for residential Park Home owners or tenants to help reduce heating costs. For specific offers for Park Homes, visit the dedicated pages on the Heat Surrey Website.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Runnymede is working with Heat Surrey to help households experiencing difficulties heating their homes.
Homeowners (including Park Homes), or those who rent from private landlords, may be eligible for energy-efficiency funding under the Government's ECO: Help to Heat Scheme. The scheme is aimed those with low income and high fuel costs, who may be vulnerable to cold, or have health conditions exacerbated by a cold home.
Further assistance may also be available in