New scheme offers free central heating for local residents
500 homes across Greater Manchester will get a new central heating system fitted for free thanks to the Warm Homes Fund. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has secured £1.8 million from a national fund £150 million established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. It offers a helping hand to households in fuel poverty or vulnerable to the cold as
modern central heating offers greater warmth and lower bills than old electric heaters or solid fuel fires.
To be eligible for the Warm Homes Fund scheme a household must:
• Qualify for one of the affordable warmth schemes in Greater Manchester (see below for details) and receive a home visit from a trained energy advisor
• Never have had central heating before (i.e. it currently has electric storage heaters, room heaters or open fires)
• Live in a property that is suitable for the safe and economical installation and operation of a central heating system.
Both homeowners and tenants are eligible, subject to a landlord’s permission.
The scheme covers the cost of everything that’s required: the boiler, radiators and pipework. Eligible households won’t have to contribute anything towards the cost. Where necessary we will also seek to support a household to get connected to the mains gas grid.
The affordable warmth visit will also provide advice on saving energy, switching energy tariffs, install small energy saving measures and identify any other opportunities for a household to reduce their bills, such as insulation and income maximisation. The scheme is being managed by AgilityEco on behalf of the Greater Manchester authorities. The systems are being installed by Engie, formerly Keepmoat Regeneration.
How to apply
To apply for yourself or for someone else please contact the relevant affordable warmth scheme for your area. They will arrange a home visit and check whether you are eligible for the Warm Homes Fund. The contact details are as follows:
If you are an organisation or landlord and would like more information about how the scheme can benefit your clients or tenants, please contact James Sommerville