Residents can save money on their energy bills with a new ‘Green Jump Surrey’ grant.
The Green Homes Grant, provided by central government and Surrey County Council, gives eligible owner-occupied households up to £10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Work which can be funded by a Green Jump Surrey grant includes loft, solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor and park home insulation, draught proofing, LED lighting, air source heat pumps and solar hot water systems. Boiler replacements, double glazing, external doors or solar panels cannot be funded.
Private and social housing landlords can receive up to £5,000 to cover two-thirds of the cost of installing solid wall insulation.
If you are living in a hard-to-heat home, which has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G, and are either in receipt of a means tested benefit or have a total pre-tax annual household income of less than £30,000, you could be eligible for funding to cover the entire cost of the work. You can check your eligibility by calling 0800 783 2503 or visiting www.actionsurrey.org/enquiries.
Lead Councillor for Housing and Development Control, Cllr Caroline Reeves says:
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Action Surrey and other councils on a project which will help us to reduce carbon emissions in the borough and save residents money in both the installation of these features and with future bills. This grant can bring long-term benefits in tackling climate change, reducing fuel poverty and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Lead Councillor for Climate Change, Cllr Jan Harwood says:
“We need to do all we can on a local level to become more environmentally sustainable and create a more secure and sustainable power generation and supply infrastructure across the borough. We recognise the importance of reducing carbon emissions from all buildings, and this initiative will allow us to make further energy-saving improvements having already invested approximately £10 million on carbon-reduction projects on our own estate and in our social housing in the last decade.
“All of our housing developments already meet Passivhaus international energy efficiency standards, and our new Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy planning document, published in September, will help all new developments to have lower carbon emissions, be more sustainable and better able to meet the challenge of climate change. This grant can help us to further reduce our carbon footprint having already achieved our 2020 target of a 43% reduction in CO2 emissions, based on 2009 levels, a year early.”
If your home does not yet have an Energy Performance Certificate rating, Action Surrey will carry out an inspection with your permission.
Grants will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be monitored by Action Surrey, which is delivering the project on behalf of local authorities. Action Surrey is an impartial energy advice centre set up by local councils across Surrey, including Surrey County Council, to help residents save money on their energy bills and keep warm in their homes. Action Surrey has a network of trusted installers to deliver the installations. £6.95 million, including a £750,000 contribution from Surrey County Council, has been awarded to help and improve 600 households across Surrey.