Introducing the Energy@Home Starter

An ECO grants scheme for Bath & North East Somerset

8 August 2013

Last week, we launched a year-long project that CSE is managing in Bath, in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council and SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy).

We're building on the sucess of the Bristol Home Energy Upgrade and moving the action to BaNES with the Energy@Home Starter. This new project provides generous grants to homeowners and privately renting tenants for heating and insulation upgrades.

Residents of certain areas of Twerton and Southdown will be able to receive Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants to help them fund insulation improvements. Some of the most vulnerable residents can get a free Green Deal Advice Report too.

Residents in all other areas of BaNES who are in receipt of certain benefits can get help with insulation and boiler upgrades, often fully funded.

This project covers:

  • Home energy assessments
  • Boiler upgrades
  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation

To see all the details and eligibility criteria, read the brochure at www.cse.org.uk/energy-at-home

The Energy@Home Starter project has been designed so that the homeowners have flexibility and choice over their home improvements, from the materials used through to the accredited installer.

CSE's Paul Winney says: "This project is a great way to help people across BaNES take advantage of the ECO funding that's available to them. For people who want to install a more expensive energy saving improvement that isn't fully grant funded, like solid wall insulation, there may be the option of a low interest loan.”

Residents taking part in this scheme will go through a process that is as close to the Green Deal as possible (minus the official Green Deal finance package). It's another opportunity for us to trial and make householders more familiar with the Green Deal process. Have a look at our Green Deal blog for more on our development of projects like this.

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