A trusted collaboration between Severn Wye Energy Agency and Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire Councils, the Warm and Well service has been supporting local families since 2001 — providing free energy efficiency advice to households across the county.
Now, the partnership is developing the programme of support even further with the launch of the Home Upgrade Grant.
Offering £6 million in government grants until March 2025, the scheme provides essential energy-saving home improvements to low-income households to ease the strain of the cost-of-living crisis.
With a focus on upgrading energy inefficient properties that are hard to heat, the grants will be available to those who:
- Live in Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire.
- Have no mains gas heating in their home.
- Live in an inefficient home, with an Energy Performance Certificate of D, E, F or G.
- Have a total household income of under £31,000 per year or are in receipt of means-tested benefits.
The phrase fuel poverty has been heard more and more frequently in recent years, with many households having to make difficult decisions to make ends meet.
Making the decision to install home improvements can be daunting when money is tight, so the scheme offers a range of fully-funded energy-saving technologies — delivered by a council partnership that households can really trust.
Just some of the improvements that could be made include insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps.
Severn Wye understands that every home is different, so it carries out a detailed property survey before any work is promised. After this is completed, its energy specialists will recommend the home improvements that will make the most difference to the house's efficiency, comfort and bills.
Many households will be offered more than one upgrade as part of the programme, in accordance with the property survey and their specific needs.
To find out more about the scheme and to check if you qualify, complete the online form by visiting warmandwell.co.uk/upgradesg.
Alternatively, call the Warm and Well advice line on 0800 500 3076.