New scheme to help households cut energy bills

Published: Thu 21 July, 2022

Green Living Leicestershire. Grants available now!

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

The new partnership between Leicestershire County Council and the district councils including North West Leicestershire offers grants which help residents go green, reduce costs and tackle climate change.

As part of the new Green Living Leicestershire grant programme, eligible residents will benefit from fully-funded home improvements including loft and wall installation, 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 a year.

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

The new scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency of 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 Hub.

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. It is hoped around 50 homes in North West Leicestershire will benefit.

For more information on the grants, or to apply, visit the county council’s Green Living Leicestershire page, or call project delivery partner YES Energy Solutions on 03309 126199, who can support residents with their applications.

The Green Living Leicestershire project forms part of the council’s wider work to tackle climate change, including fresh proposals to make Leicestershire a net zero carbon county by 2045.

These proposals are now being consulted on. To take part in the consultation or to find out more about the council’s net zero ambitions, visit the net zero webpage.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, North West Leicestershire District Council Portfolio Holder for Community Services, added: “Making homes greener doesn't just help the planet, but during these difficult times we hope it will save around 50 homes within the district money on energy.

“As part of our Zero Carbon Roadmap we’re looking at how to reduce our carbon footprint, so offering these grants in partnership with other councils will also help residents on their own journey."

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.