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£10,000 Green Jump Surrey Home Grants Could Cut Your Energy Bills

Published on: 26 Oct, 2020
Updated on: 28 Oct, 2020

Residents can reduce their energy bills with a new £10,000 “Green Jump Surrey” grant. Provided by central government and Surrey County Council, this gives eligible owner-occupied homes £10,000 to improve energy efficiency.

That covers loft, solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor and park-home insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting, air-source heat pumps and solar hot-water systems. But boiler replacements, double-glazing, external doors or solar panels cannot be funded.

Private and social housing landlords can get 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.

Cllr Caroline Reeves

Cllr Caroline Reeves, lead for Housing and Development Control, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Action Surrey and other councils to help us to reduce carbon emissions and save residents money in 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.”

Cllr Jan Harwood.

Cllr Jan Harwood, lead for Climate Change, said: “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 past decade.

“All 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 make an inspection with your permission.

Grants will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and 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 the county council, to help residents save money on their energy bills and keep warm in their homes. The group has a network of trusted installers to deliver the installations.

A total of £6.95 million, including a £750,000 contribution from the county council, has been awarded to help and improve 600 households across Surrey.

A spokesperson for climate protest group Extinction Rebellion said: “We are pleased to see support is being made available for local residents to reduce their household emissions.

“Our members in and around Guildford will be playing our part by helping publicise this scheme in the coming weeks.

“And we hope the council can go the extra mile to help its own tenants and renters benefit from this scheme. Winter is coming, and we have a great opportunity to cut fuel bills, health problems caused by cold and damp, and emissions, particularly during this difficult time.”

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