The criteria for receiving the Warm Front grant will be made easier as the government tries to avoid a repeat of last year’s under spend fiasco. Here’s how can get your hands on up to £6,000.
The Warm Home Front has eased the criteria by which households can apply to have energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, installed.
There is up to £3,500 per household available, or up to £6,000 if you're not connected to the gas network.
In 2011-2012, the government underspent on the scheme, leaving a staggering £50.6 million unused - less than two thirds of the 145 million that was allocated to a scheme. It is now making efforts to ensure that more of the money goes to fuel poor households this year.
One way of doing this is for the government to ease its Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) - DECC's methodology for assessing the energy and environmental performance of your home, to include more properties.
Warm Front is the government's main grant-funded programme for tackling fuel poverty in England to help pay for energy efficiency measures including:
cavity wall insulation,
fitting central heating,
fitting gas room heaters with thermostat controls,
hot water tank insulation,
- converting a solid fuel open fire to a glass front fire.
Previously you had to receive certain income-related benefits, live in a home without working heating, or live somewhere that is poorly insulated.
How to apply:
call 0800 316 2805 (or textphone 0800 072 0156). Lines are open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
download an application and send it to Eaga, Freepost NEA12054, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BR.
Thinking about insulation but not sure how its done, how long it takes? This video is only a few minutes long, but shows you what happens when you have your home insulated:
Find out more about energy efficiency grants