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A scheme to keep Herefordshire Warm returns

Herefordshire Council and Marches Energy Agency (MEA) are pleased to announce the return of the popular Keep Herefordshire Warm (KHW) scheme. 

The scheme aims to provide advice and support to people hoping to improve the energy efficiency of their home and at the same time reduce their energy bills.  The scheme also offers advice on renewable technologies as well as grants and subsidies available.

A government consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) ends on Wednesday 16 April, after which it is anticipated that new grants for loft and cavity wall insulation will mean either free or heavily discounted insulation measures for everyone regardless of income or age.

Some installers are already cold calling local residents and promising free insulation to get householders to sign on the dotted line, but it is always difficult to know who to trust, where to get unbiased information about offers and which installers to use.

Once the changes to ECO are officially announced, the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme will assess the best installers and deals in the local area and is urging residents to call them and register their interest now with no obligation.  Once the offers are confirmed, KHW will contact householders with a recommended installer and advise them of the best way forward.

Householders can save up to £150 a year on their heating bills through loft insulation and £145 with cavity wall insulation and with warmer weather on the way it can also keep a house cooler on hot days*.

For more information on the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme, please call 0800 677 1432 or text 07583 740914 or e-mail khw@mea.org.uk.

* Please note that the savings figures were supplied by the Energy Saving Trust on 17 March 2014, based on a semi-detached house with gas central heating.


Update 20 June 2014

KHW will be working in partnership with Domestic & General Insulation (DGI) to potentially offer free or heavily discounted loft and cavity wall insulation (subject to a free no obligation survey) to households across the county, who are within qualifying areas or receiving the correct benefits.

For homeowners, landlords and tenants who do not qualify for grant funding, a new government backed scheme has been launched, known as the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which can offer cashback of up to £7,600 for home energy efficiency improvements.

To find out more about either of these schemes, please contact KHW on the above mentioned details.

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