Households on low incomes can apply for funding for energy efficiency works in their home to reduce their energy bills.
Slough has received £396,000 from the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme to help those likely to be in fuel poverty.
Funding for those eligible can be used towards insulation and ventilation upgrades, an upgrade to a low carbon heating system, heating controls so you only heat the home when needed, replacement of single glazed windows, energy-efficient hot water systems to keep water warm for longer, solar panels to generate free electricity and energy efficient lighting.
The eligibility criteria include:
- maximum combined household income of £30,000 or less, or less than £20,000 once housing costs are deducted
- Energy Performance Certificate Band D, E, F or G
- owner occupier up to £10,000 grant (fully funded)
- rented private / social up to £5,000 grant (minimum 33% contribution from landlord).
Councillor Martin Carter, lead member for housing and environment, said: “We are pleased Slough is getting a share of this funding from the Local Energy Hubs. Taking measures to improve the energy efficiency in your home will help to reduce your energy bills in the long term.
"I advise everyone to take a look at the criteria and, if they’re eligible, get an application in before 31 March. There is nothing to lose and someone will talk you through all the options if you are successful.”
Unfortunately, council tenants are not eligible to apply for this scheme. The council will be considering options with respect to energy efficiency schemes for its housing stock.
Tenants of other social housing providers, such as housing associations, should contact their landlord directly.
Not all of the upgrades are suitable for every home, so each application will be assessed to find the best option.
Applications and referrals must be made to Warmworks by 31 March, with work completed by 30 June. Applications are on a first come first served basis, until all the funding is allocated. To apply, fill in the electronic form.