New scheme will help Leicestershire households cut their energy bills

Green Living Leicestershire making Leicestershire's homes warm and energy efficient

More than 300 homeowners in Leicestershire are eligible for efficiency improvements which will reduce energy costs as well as making households warmer and greener.

A new partnership between Melton Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, and the other 6 district councils will pay for measures which will help Leicestershire residents go green, reduce costs and tackle climate change.

As part of the new Green Living Leicestershire programme, eligible county residents will benefit from fully-funded home improvements including loft and wall insulation, solar panels, heat pumps and new efficient windows and doors.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that solar panels can save households an average of £280 per year, as well as saving up to 1.6 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Green Living Leicestershire is funded by £3.6 million provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and administered through Midlands Net Zero Hub.

Councillor Alison Freer Melton Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Climate, Access and Engagement said: “With energy bills increasingly on the rise, not only will this scheme help residents with the cost of living, but it will also help to achieve our carbon neutral commitments. We still have a long road ahead, but this is yet another step in the right direction.

“I would urge any household who thinks they might be eligible to visit the council's website and find out more about these essential and sustainable home improvements.”

The new scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency of owner-occupier households most in need of support, reduce energy bills and tackle climate change. It follows on from previous successful funding bids, including the Green Homes Grant and Warm Homes Fund.

The eligibility criteria include households with an income of £30,000 or less per year or in receipt of means-tested benefits, and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G. It will prioritise supporting low-income households heated by mains gas, those off the gas grid, and those at high risk of fuel poverty.

For more information on the Green Living Leicestershire grants, or to apply, visit the Melton Borough Council website (www.melton.gov.uk/climate) or call project delivery partner YES Energy Solutions on 03309 126199, who can support residents with their applications.

The Green Living Leicestershire project links into Melton Borough Council’s work to tackle climate change, supporting the council’s pledge to promote sustainability in the borough and aim to be a net zero borough by 2050.

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For more information please contact:

Communications@melton.gov.uk

 

Notes to editors:

The Green Living Leicestershire scheme is delivered in partnership by Leicestershire County Council, Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.

21 July 2022
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