- Friday, 01 March 2013 11:33
We're managing a scheme to make homes cheaper to heat. Old and uneconomical boilers could be replaced for free as the District Council encourages local residents to improve energy efficiency.
But please note the deadline for applications is the end of March.
Around £2.5m funding is being shared between 14 district and borough councils across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire after the District Council was successful in a national competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
In order to make homes warmer and more energy efficient, householders can apply to the scheme for the replacement of old and inefficient boilers, replacement boilers where it is not economical to repair, boiler repairs and installation of new heating systems.
To qualify for the free work, Dales residents must be owner-occupiers with savings of less than £16,000, and be in receipt of certain benefits such as Pension Credit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit or housing/council tax benefits.
Anyone not receiving benefit but having a total household income of £18,000 or less, could also be eligible for support from the scheme.
The scheme is being handled by the established Warmstreets team, who have been working with Derbyshire Dales District Council over the past two years to provide loft and cavity insulation.
The Local Authorities' Energy Partnership - including Derbyshire Dales - was awarded the third largest grant in the UK, despite stiff competition and a significantly oversubscribed fund, demonstrating the advantage of working in partnership for the benefit of all local residents.
Councillor Mrs Carol Walker, Chairman of the District Council's Community Committee said:
"We were delighted secure this funding through some excellent partnership working with our neighbouring councils. It could literally be a lifesaver.
"Already, residents are feeling the benefits of warmer homes through having new, efficient boilers installed. We want as many people as possible to access this scheme, funding for which runs out at the end of March, so I'd urge people to contact the Warmstreets team as soon as possible to arrange an assessment."
- To enquire, call the Warmstreets team on 0800 043 9569.