Somerset Warm & Well

Offering heating and insulation grants for private householders to install energy efficiency measures

Project duration: December 2003 to March 2008

Somerset Warm & Well offered heating and insulation grants to encourage private householders in Somerset to install energy efficiency measures, regardless of income.

The scheme featured both full grants and discounted rates on insulation, and aimed to improve energy efficiency and reduce associated health problems by:

  • raising awareness of the issues and stimulating appropriate action, both practical and behavioural
  • providing specific and appropriate advice to each household that comes into the scheme
  • enabling energy efficiency measures to be installed from referral to grants and discounts
  • providing grants directly to eligible householders

This service built on and was delivered through the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (now the Energy Saving Trust advice centre) service for Somerset, run by CSE. The scheme offered grants and advice to householders in all income brackets. Grants were funded from a variety of sources:

  • council-assisted grants are used to provide measures to vulnerable householders who are in or at risk of fuel poverty but are ineligible for existing grants due to not being in receipt of welfare benefits
  • those who are in receipt of benefits are referred to Warm Front (a national Government-backed initiative)
  • those not eligible for full council assisted grants are offered discounted insulation

Millfold Ltd was the installer for the scheme and provided discounted measures at agreed rates. Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC) funding was used to augment these discounted measure prices and the council-assisted grants. Each local authority in the area contributed grant funds to the scheme to be used on energy efficiency measures within their geographical area.

Somerset Warm & Well was launched in December 2003 and led to over 7,000 homes being insulated.

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