24th May, 2019

Free first time central heating for Solihull households

Felix Nobes 7th Jan, 2019

HOUSEHOLDS across Solihull can benefit from a free gas and central heating installation.

Up to 125 owner-occupied properties could qualify for Solihull Council’s Winter Homes Fund initiative.

The council is offering the deal to eligible residents if they do not have central heating or gas as their primary source of warmth.

Where electricity is used for heating it will be replaced with gas condensing boilers, improving energy efficiency and reducing running costs.

Solihull Council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care Councillor Karen Grinsell said: “The Warm Homes Fund is a national fund to help people on lower incomes who are struggling to heat their homes effectively.

“The average household saves £350 a year on heating bills when they replace electric storage radiators with gas central heating so I would really urge people in the borough currently using electric radiators or wall heaters to find out if they are eligible – it doesn’t cost anything to find out.”

The project supports households from fuel poor areas and those on lower incomes who may live in homes that aren’t energy efficient and may be difficult and costly to heat.

About 10 per cent of households in Solihull suffer from fuel poverty – where the cost of their fuel bill places them below the poverty line in terms of income.

The council says the aim is to help improve the health of local people which could be made worse by living in a cold home.

People may be eligible if they own their home and have lived there for three years or more, have old electric storage heating or gas heaters and are in receipt of any income related benefit or have a household income below £32,062.

For further information email Act on Energy at advice@actonenergy.org.uk or call the Freephone number 0800 988 2881

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