Save the date, Saturday 24th September, Wetherby Town Hall, 10am to 3pm, everyone welcome.
Free open public event with exhibitors, speakers, public forum, refreshments and kids activities.
Come join us and find out how to reduce your energy bills now and for the longer term.
For more information on current grants, funding and useful links read on....
Cost of living support
- All households will get a non-repayable £400 grant to help towards the cost of energy bills from October, spread over six months.
- An additional one-off payment of £650 for those on certain means-tested benefits.
- A one-off £300 top-up for pensioners who receive winter fuel payments.
- A one-off £150 payment for those on certain non-means-tested disability benefits.
- All the payments, will be paid to you automatically – you don't need to actively opt in or take action to qualify. Beware of scammers trying to take advantage
- An extra £500 million to be paid into the 'Household Support Fund’, check LCC for support.
- All the big energy firms also offer schemes and grants to help with your energy costs, to replace faulty or old boilers, and to make your home more energy-efficient (Energy Company Obligation).
- Installations of energy saving materials only, are VAT free until 2027, if bought through an installer (sadly not if you like your DIY)
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
- Government scheme to support the decarbonisation of homes and small non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.
- £5,000 towards the cost and installation of an air source heat pump (or a biomass boiler, in rural locations that are not connected to the gas grid).
- £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump
- use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer who will apply for the grant on your behalf and then redeem upon completion
- You need a valid energy performance certificate with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
- Only properties which are fully replacing an existing fossil fuel system
- Find out more at simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Educate, insulate, generate
- To improve energy efficiency, take a ‘whole house and fabric first’ approach.
- This considers the building fabric, services, who lives in it, lifestyles, budgets, your needs and the surrounding environment
- Sees the home as a system with interacting elements
- Not just about energy saving. Connected issues such as damp and ventilation
- Look at maintenance and repairs first
- Helps to decide the order in which to carry out improvements
- Helps to identify potential problems which could result from retrofit
- Check your EPC rating
- Get a retrofit assessment
- Get quotes for any low carbon solutions to ensure best value
- Financial support at Energy Savings Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk)
- Your retrofit journey, where to start (retrofit.coop)
- Carbon Coop YouTube channel for Community retrofit stories
- Blog insulatingmyhouse.wordpress.com
- Downloadable solar/heat pump factsheets and more from Centre for Renewable Energy (cse.org.uk)
- Martin Lewis (moneysavingexpert.com) ‘heat the human not the home’
- Support from Groundwork Green Doctor & Home Plus (Leeds)
- Advice from National Energy Action (nea.org.uk)
- National Insulation Assoc. (nia-uk.org/find-an-installer)
- Find a Trustmark Trader (trustmark.org.uk)
Lots more information to follow.