After a cold winter Babergh and Mid Suffolk have secured an additional £475,200 to help residents improve their home heating.
The new funding will enable the installation of approximately 180 Air Source Heat Pumps to council properties where there is electric based heating such as storage heaters or old warm air systems. These pumps absorb heat from the outside air, in a similar manner to the way a fridge extracts heat from its inside, and then use that heat to power the heating and hot water in homes. These pumps provide lower fuel bills and lower carbon emissions, while requiring minimal maintenance and no fuel deliveries and making household heating much more controllable.
National Grid set up the Warm Homes Fund using part of the proceeds from the sale of its majority stake in its gas distribution business. The aim of the fund is threefold; to reduce bills, make fuel poor households which don’t have gas warmer and improve the health of people suffering the most severe levels of fuel poverty.
Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This last winter was a timely reminder of just how important a warm home can be, but warm homes have often been expensive to maintain in the past. This money will help those in need heat their homes, saving money and staying warm at the same time, making sure their next winter is warmer than the last, however severe the weather.”
Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This extra money is excellent news. The help the fund gives in heating properties not only keeps people warm but reduces carbon emissions, making homes greener and cosier at the same time and this funding will help more people than ever before prepare for the winter.”
Residents interested in applying for funding to improve their home heating may also be able to apply for funding under existing schemes online.