Bristol awarded nearly £3m towards energy saving measures in the city
Bristol citizens could get financial help to have energy saving measures installed in their homes, after the city was awarded nearly £3m to create a local version of the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
The £2.6m boost from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will enable hundreds of residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the new city council scheme named Bright Green Homes.
Funding is available to residents of Bristol and North Somerset for the installation of underfloor, loft and cavity wall insulation as well as Solar PV or Solar Thermal renewable technologies, which could mean up to £10,000 of energy saving measures for each household, if eligible, delivered free of charge.
The council’s Energy Service will also work with residents to identify any other free and low-cost energy saving options to help further reduce energy bills.
Register for funding
Available until the end of September 2021, citizens have an opportunity to register for funding before 31 July but it remains limited to around 200 homes in Bristol and residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
Councillor Kye Dudd, cabinet member for energy and transport, said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in our application for this much-needed funding to support our efforts to reduce fuel poverty and decarbonise Bristol homes.
“We know that tackling household emissions will have a big part to play in our continuing journey to become a carbon neutral city by 2030, and schemes like this can have a tremendous impact for reducing household energy bills.
“We are also really pleased to be working with community groups like the Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts (C.H.E.E.S.E) Project to support Bright Green Homes with specialist thermal imaging technology so that we can clearly see the impact of the energy interventions that we deliver.”
Residents from low-income households with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) of G, F, E or D rating can apply immediately and more information on the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found on the council’s Energy Service website.