Families across Liverpool can get a warmer and more comfortable home this winter and beyond thanks to an energy saving scheme launched today by E.ON and Liverpool City Council – which could see up to £1.5 million invested in improving homes across the city.
Liverpool City Council and E.ON are working together to create warmer homes and lower energy bills by offering all private landlord tenants, and homeowners, up to £775 worth of free or subsidised insulation and boiler discounts for homes who meet qualifying criteria for a time limited period only.
Families can benefit from loft and cavity wall insulation as well as replacements for inefficient gas boilers. Applicants do not have to be E.ON customers in order to be eligible.
Launching the scheme, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “I’m delighted that E.ON has committed to supporting the Mayor’s Hope Fund objectives. Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for the city because there are far too many people struggling to make ends meet due to the impact of austerity. This is another part of our commitment to helping those most in need, in addition to the £2 million Hardship Fund we have established and the crisis support payments we make. This scheme will make a huge difference to the lives of a lot of households in our city.”
Jim Lightfoot, E.ON’s Managing Director of Business to Municipalities, added: “We know insulation is a crucial first step in making our homes more comfortable and cheaper to run and in recent years we’ve provided more than 1.2 million energy saving measures to homes across Britain, giving people the support they need to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills. Working alongside Liverpool City Council our home improvements project will also benefit the wider Merseyside economy, helping to create new jobs and skills opportunities by working with local installers and suppliers.”
The scheme represents a great opportunity for the community to have their homes insulated at little or no cost – the eligibility criteria for funding is on the Liverpool City Council website liverpool.gov.uk/eonoffer
Figures show there are around 14,000 privately rented homes across Liverpool on a qualifying ECO benefit. A typical family home could save £285 a year on their heating bills by having cavity wall and loft insulation. Almost a third of heat lost in the home escapes through walls and a quarter through the roof in an uninsulated home. Energy saving measures available include gas boilers, free cavity wall and loft insulation. All of these could save energy and money. These offers are subject to eligibility, survey and availability.
Homeowners, as well as private landlords whose tenants meet the qualifying criteria can receive loft and cavity wall insulation for FREE through this scheme. Homeowners who do not meet the qualifying criteria but who want to improve their energy efficiency can do so by contacting the City Council Healthy Homes team on 0800 012 1754.
Free replacement boilers are also available to households receiving qualifying benefits whose boiler meets certain criteria. They must be broken or over eight years old and not working properly. The householder must own the property or be privately renting and need to be on qualifying benefits such as Child Tax Credit, with a weekly household income of £305 or less, State Pension Credit or a combination of other benefits. There may be some charges to pay towards any extras such as new pipe work, radiators or additional safety work. We will advise the householder of this during their home visit.
E.ON has some innovative solutions to assist, with, whole house retrofitting with insulation and heating controlled to operate as efficiently as required.
• For details about E.ON’s free insulation offer visit liverpool.gov.uk or call E.ON on 0330 400 1798.
• For information about E.ON’s other products and services, visit eonenergy.com
• This is a time limited offer and E.ON reserves itself the right to withdraw the deal at anytime
• The offer also excludes housing association or council tenants, flats and maisonettes.
• Loft insulation is only available to homes who need both cavity wall and loft insulation