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New initiative to help make homes warmer, greener and save on fuel bills

Published: Tuesday, 18 January 2022

People in Havering could be eligible for a special grant to make their homes warmer, greener and more fuel-efficient this winter.

The Green Homes Grant is a new government fund aimed at helping households make vital home improvements, helping to lower carbon emissions, keep homes warm, and most importantly, save on rising fuel costs.

The scheme, which is delivered by Warmworks Scotland on behalf of Havering Council, offers a wide range of insulation measures and renewable heating methods to reduce a home’s impact on the environment, including various types of heat pumps.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is open to homeowners, private tenants and people in social rented accommodation, where the home has a low energy rating and combined annual income under £30,000.  

Warmworks will arrange a survey in the homes of eligible householders to see which work can be carried out.

An accredited and registered sub-contractor team then completes the installation of the agreed heating and energy-efficiency measures.

Finally, an independent inspection will check the completed work to ensure it meets energy-efficiency standards.

Where required, Warmworks will also then arrange for a full annual service to be completed 12 months later.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“It is always a tough time of year for many households, and this scheme will hopefully help those low-income families that are struggling to heat their homes properly.

"These vital improvements would not only bring down energy costs, but also help households reduce their home’s impact on the environment.

“Warmworks has a strong track record of delivering schemes that have helped more than 25,000 households across the UK to improve the heating in their homes, and be happier, healthier and more comfortable in them.

“I’d encourage everyone in Havering to check if they are eligible to receive help from the Green Homes Grant scheme”.

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks Managing Director, said:

“On the back of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, I’m delighted that Warmworks is working in partnership with Havering to deliver the Green Homes Grant scheme.

“Not only do the funded energy efficiency measures that the scheme provides give local people an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and support the transition to Net Zero, but as the colder weather hits, one of the most important benefits we can offer through the scheme is to help people feel warmer, healthier and happier in their homes during these winter months.

“A few minutes to complete our short application could help your home stay warmer for years ahead.”

Find out if you are eligible