New scheme launches to help residents with energy bills - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

New scheme launches to help residents with energy bills

Ross Crawford 13th Jun, 2022

AS ENERGY bills continue to rocket, more than 300 West Midlands households are set to have the latest fuel reducing technology installed in their homes – free of charge.

Residents in Foleshill, Coventry and Elmdon, Solihull have been invited to learn more about a new scheme which will see their homes fully retrofitted with insulation, heating systems and even solar panels.

The retrofit work is aimed at slashing their domestic energy use, helping to cushion them from the impact of soaring electricity and gas prices.

The overhaul will also reduce carbon emissions, helping to fight climate change while supporting the region’s #WM2041 ambition to be net zero within the next 20 years.

Householders in the two districts are set to receive a letter inviting them to a series of community engagement events, starting later this month, to discuss the retrofit scheme and the benefits it will contribute to their property.

Retrofitting the homes is completely free for the residents and will begin in September once the first 300 homes have been identified.

Eligible measures for selected households will include: external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, loft insulation, draught proofing, air source heat pumps, solar PV, double glazing new doors, floor insulation, heating controls and ventilation.

The retrofit programme will look to target older homes that have low energy efficiency and will be the first homes to benefit as part of the £19 million Sustainable Warmth Competition funding secured by the Midlands Net Zero Hub, working with a consortium of West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Coventry City Council, and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

A total of £2.86m will be invested in the 300 homes by the WMCA, with plans to help another 1,700 homes across public funded retrofit programmes over the next few years.

This move comes as the region seeks to ramp up action to tackle climate change, reduce fuel poverty and support #WM2041.

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