Become a Green Deal and ECO trailblazer

Pilot scheme offers solid wall insulation at no upfront cost

18 May 2012

A new scheme from CSE is aiming to make trailblazers of residents in Somerset West by helping them make their homes more comfortable and cheaper to heat at no upfront cost.

The new Somerset West Home Energy scheme is offering people the chance to access funding to install solid wall insulation in their property. In some cases, grants will be available to pay for some or all of the work – however, where these aren't available CSE is offering an innovative pay-as-you-save scheme which will mean residents won't have to pay anything upfront.

The scheme is an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) pilot to test many of the principles behind the forthcoming Green Deal which the Government is planning to introduce later this year.

CSE's Head of Household Energy Services, Phillip Morris, explains why the project could be very revealing:

"The pilot will offer valuable insights into managing a local ECO Green Deal scheme – from building relationships with local installers and marketing the scheme through to managing the customer journey. In this respect, guiding more vulnerable households through the process will be a particularly important focus."

Somerset West Home Energy builds on CSE's experience with Somerset West hard-to-treat homes, an earlier project which offered a 25% grant for complex insulation works.

CSE is launching the project in partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and the Somerset West partnership, which consists of the three district councils of Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset. The scheme is aimed particularly at testing the Carbon and Affordable Warmth aspects of the ECO.

To find out more about Somerset West Home Energy, read the brochure below or visit our project profile here.


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