Runnymede residents will be able to get help to lower their energy bills and increase comfort at home by installing affordable, efficient and controllable mains gas central heating, after a grant has been secured by Runnymede Borough Council.
Runnymede Borough Council has been awarded a share of £1.2 million from National Grid's Warm Homes Fund which will help fund new installation of mains gas to properties and first-time gas central heating systems, helping those residents who currently have inefficient, older electric heating systems, or no central heating.
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 will be eligible for funding. People who have met other specific conditions will also be able to apply.
Verena Boxall, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Runnymede Borough Council, said, "The funding means we can support our residents and create a positive change to the comfort of their home, as well as lowering the cost of their energy bills. Mains gas remains the most affordable of the traditional methods to heat your home. This is available to both privately owned and rented properties. I urge everyone to look into whether you can benefit from such a great scheme, and I'd like to thank National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions for awarding our residents a share of this investment."
The 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. For example, the Council has the opportunity to work with its Park Home site owners to install mains gas to their sites and offering residents either an upgrade from LPG or a first-time mains gas installation.
Almost 11,000 properties in Runnymede are off the main gas network, representing 30% of homes in the borough. More than 2,700 homes use electric storage heaters or room heaters as their main heating source.
EPC data comprising 21,155 homes in Runnymede (total households 35,000), found that there are:
- 821 homes using room heaters as their main heating source with a mix of solid, cavity and timber framed walls (52 Bungalows, 519 Flats, 186 Houses, 58 Maisonettes). These comprise 451 homes with an EPC rating of E, F or G. Of the total.
- 1939 homes using electric storage heaters as their main heating source. (56 bungalows, 1330 flats, 455 houses, 95 maisonettes). These comprise 505 homes with an EPC rating of E, F and G.
The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million fund established by National Grid and administered by the Community Interest Company Affordable Warmth Solutions across England, Scotland and Wales. It is designed to address fuel poverty issues by incentivising the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.
Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: "We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to support the consortium to fund the scheme to address fuel poverty across the region. Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we've already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain".
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Notes to editors
There has been a 39.5% increase in excess winter deaths due to the extreme cold and weather conditions over the past two reported heating seasons of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 in the South-East of England. This project will help to reduce hospital admissions from cold related chronic conditions as well as reducing excess winter deaths related to cold.
Runnymede Borough Council was awarded a share of this funding in a consortium of local authorities led by Bracknell Forest and delivery partners Happy Energy Ltd, Cadent Gas and SGN. The consortium also included The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire Council and Spelthorne Borough Council.
If a Runnymede Borough Council resident has met the Statement of Intent for Energy Company Obligation Funding (ECO Flex) or is in receipt of eligible benefits under the ECO scheme (Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation) they would also be eligible for funding.