A father of three who has had a new air source heat pump fitted to his home is urging others to explore grant options for efficient heating systems.
The West Lindsey resident who doesn’t wish to be named, said he and his family were struggling to make ends meet due to the soaring costs of energy prices. But thanks to the Local Authority Delivery scheme, administered by West Lindsey District Council, he has been able to fit a low carbon heat pump in his home.
The scheme was set up to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households, helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress towards the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050. The resident said:
“We have just had an air source heat pump and central heating system installed in our home and we couldn't be happier. The service and support we received throughout the whole process has been superb. At every stage, the communication and support has been excellent.
“We have 3 young children and were apprehensive about the possible disruption caused by the install, but we had nothing to worry about. The engineers were professional, considerate and did a super job.
“With energy prices soaring at the moment, we have struggled to make ends meet. I am grateful and relieved to now have a cost-effective heating system in our home. To anyone thinking about participating in this scheme, I would say do it. It's been a positive experience for us, and I recommend it whole heartedly. It's also nice to know we've done something good for the environment.”
West Lindsey District Council has committed to become a Green Council and has set a net-zero carbon target across its operations by 2050. But it is recognised that supporting communities and business to become net-zero is key to tackling climate change and protect the natural environment. Installing energy saving measures within the home can help reduce emissions alongside reducing fuel poverty by installing more efficient systems.
Councillor Lesley Rollings, who is a member of our Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change working group welcomed the news. She said:
“Living in a cold, damp home is harmful to physical and mental health and the hikes in the energy bills we have seen recently, makes that even more of a concern.
“So, I am pleased that we have a number of schemes available to help people access grants and support to install household energy efficiency measures. It will not only reduce carbon emissions, but will make it easier and more affordable for residents to maintain a warm, comfortable environment, thereby reducing cold-related illnesses and associated stress.”
There is still time to apply for the Local Authority Delivery scheme but funding is limited. If your annual household income is less than £31k and your property has an EPC rating E,F, or G you may be eligible for assistance.
In addition to this scheme the Home Upgrade Grant is available to support low income households by upgrading the energy efficiency of properties that are off the gas network in England. Funding intends to enable the installation of multiple measures to improve the energy efficiency of properties.