A local councillor is urging families in Wirral to check if they could benefit from a new initiative to cut home energy bills.
Nationally, more than 300,000 households are set to save hundreds of pounds on their bills thanks to new energy efficiency upgrades.
The new £1 billion drive to help those most in need to cut their energy costs is part of the 'Great British Insulation Scheme'.
The scheme will help build on progress in improving energy efficiency in the country’s homes – in 2010, just 14% of homes had an energy efficiency rating of C or above. By last year, this had improved to 47% in 2022.
Councillor Gary Bennett (Moreton West & Saughall Massie) explained:
People in the least energy-efficient homes could be offered vital upgrades under this new scheme. Whether it's roof, loft or cavity wall insulation - this could cut their annual energy bill by an average of between £300 to £400.
There will be people in Moreton, Saughall Massie and across Wirral who could benefit from this latest help. If anyone is in doubt or unsure, or thinks they may not qualify, I’d urge them to check.
To find out more, residents can call 0800 098 7950 or go online https://www.gov.uk/apply-great-british-insulation-scheme
Those eligible include houses in council tax bands A-D and with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D, E, F or G.
Residents can also check if their property has an Energy Performance Certificate and the last rating at https://www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate
Mike Thornton, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust, added:
Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is a vital part of addressing both the energy crisis and climate emergency.
By reducing demand for fossil fuels it provides a triple win long-term solution for cutting energy bills, decreasing carbon emissions and improving energy security.
The launch of the Great British Insulation Scheme is therefore a welcome development as it will mean more households are eligible for financial support for insulation measures and comes at a crucial time as we approach the colder winter months.