New Bristol mayor to launch £2.8m ’home energy upgrade’

Retrofit programme run by CSE, supported by Bristol council

26 November 2012

Update: Applications to the Bristol Home Energy Upgrade closed at 17.00 on 22 February 2013.  Please keep an eye on this webpage for details of help available in your area.

Hundreds of residents across Bristol have the opportunity to cut their energy bills thanks to a new energy efficiency programme launched this week by the city's newly elected mayor, George Ferguson.

Bristol Home Energy Upgrade is a £2.8 million project supported by Bristol City Council which provides generous grants for home improvements with a focus on solid wall insulation and heating system upgrades.

The scheme, which is managed by CSE and linked to the forthcoming Green Deal currently offers a grant towards heating system improvements based on the savings predicted in your assessment (subject to survey) – and all the costs might be covered if you are entitled to certain benefits.

And in some cases where a grant does not cover the full cost, there will also be an innovative ‘pay-as-you-save’ finance option. This links repayments to the expected fuel bill savings that the works will generate, so if the anticipated fuel bill savings are £30 per month, the monthly repayments will not exceed this.

The scheme is currently closed to new solid wall insulation referrals due to high demand and the limited number of accredited installers.

The newly elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said: “This is just the type of scheme that Bristol should be running. Retrofitting homes with practical energy saving measures is an excellent way for householders to save money on their bills, and the city as a whole to cut its carbon footprint. This investment will also create jobs in the city in the environmental services and construction sectors."

Householders interested in finding out more can call CSE's Home Energy Team.

Overseeing the scheme is Phillip Morris, head of CSE's Household Energy Services, who said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for home owners and landlords of Bristol to improve the energy efficiency of their properties".

"But the offer is time limited. The work must be completed and the grant claimed by 31 March 2013. And applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis – so we'd urge people to get in touch soon"

“Our Home Energy Team will be there to guide the customer through the process from application to completion. Our team of experienced energy advisors will be able to help identify the best options for the customer’s home."

The process
Once the customer has registered an interest with the Home Energy Team, the next step is to arrange for a Green Deal Advice Organisation to come and complete an advice report for the property.

The report will be free to the first 100 customers (and refundable where works are installed through the scheme after that).

The information provided by the report will allow the Home Energy Team to calculate the potential fuel bill and carbon savings from the energy saving improvements. Armed with the grant and finance information customers will be able to choose a Green Deal Installer to make the improvements to their home.

As the grant will not always cover the cost of installing energy saving improvements there will be the option of a ‘pay-as-you-save’ finance package. This means that the repayments are linked to the expected fuel bill savings as a result of having the energy saving improvements installed. For example, if after the work is completed the anticipated fuel bill savings are £30 per month, the monthly repayments will not exceed this amount.

For those customers who receive further support – like Pension Credit or income related benefits – they may be able to get the work fully funded.

Funding for the Bristol Home Energy Upgrade comes from the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “The Bristol Home Energy Upgrade scheme will enable householders in the city to save money on their fuel bills this winter and also allows the city council to trial aspects of the Green Deal to support its roll out across the whole city over the coming years.

Find out more. Call the Home Energy Team.

Download the Bristol Home Energy Upgrade information brochure here or read it on screen below:


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