Homes get £3m energy grant to cut costly bills

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HOMES across Havant and East Hampshire could benefit from a share of £3m to keep their energy bills down.

The two local authorities have secured a government grant to enable residents to improve their homes to make them more energy efficient.

In some cases up to 70 per cent cashback will be given on installation costs.

Work carried out could include insulation, new boilers, double-glazing, solar panels or heat pumps.

It can be funded privately or through a Green Deal loan.

Either route will be eligible for cashback.

Just under £200,000 of the funding will be used by Highbury College, in Portsmouth, to offer local businesses a 50 per cent discount on energy efficiency training courses such as insulation installation and to subsidise certification to become a Green Deal installer.

And the deal is open to both people living in their own homes and privately rented properties with the landlord’s consent.

You do not need to be on benefits to qualify.

Councillor Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for commercial contracts, said: ‘This is fantastic.

‘We are thankful to the Department for Energy and Climate Change for this really beneficial funding.

‘It not only helps householders but provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses and we are lucky to be working with Highbury College.’

The Solent Green Deal has been set up by councils in Hampshire to help residents make their homes more energy efficient.

Solent Green Deal advisers can give information on all aspects of the work from property assessment and upfront finance to installation.

They will also help residents to use the cashback scheme, for which an assessment is needed.

MP Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change, said: ‘Properties across the country are leaking hundreds of pounds every year through faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation. By installing energy saving improvements we can help thousands of hard pressed consumers save energy and lower their bills.’

To register call East Hampshire council on 01730 266551 or Havant council on (023) 9247 4174.