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East Riding Future Energy Scheme grants available

24th May 2022

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has recently been awarded funding from The Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to install fully funded air source heating systems and other energy saving measures in private sector properties.

The project is aimed at households who are living in their own homes and have either storage heating, portable heaters, coal, LPG or oil heating in their home at present. The household must also have an energy performance rating of E, F, or G and fulfil an eligibility assessment of the property and income threshold.

The principle aim of the scheme is to improve the energy performance of homes through the installation of a new air source heat pump as well as insulation and ventilation upgrades, which will help to keep warmer throughout all of the home.

An air source heat pump extracts energy from the outside air, even at the coldest time of the year, to provide heat to the home through radiators. The system also includes a new hot water cylinder to provide hot water. The heat pump is classed as a renewable system.

Fully funded systems are available subject to the eligibility of the applicant and on a first come, first served basis. All the work would be completed by approved installers who will keep disruption to a minimum.

Reverends Vincent & Anne Lewis have a Broomfleet property which is off the gas network and had solid fuel heating. After contacting the council, the Reverends now have an air source heat pump system installed.

Reverends Vincent & Anne Lewis said: "We are very pleased with the air source heat pump system. It provides consistent heat throughout all of the house which has made a great improvement to the warmth of the whole of the property, without costing us anymore on our fuel bills. 

"The installation of the heat pump was completed efficiently with excellent workmanship, customer service and instructions on how to use the system was fully explained to us. We would highly recommend having an air source heat pump installed to other people off the main gas network."

For further information and to check eligibility for this scheme, contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Energy Efficiency team on (01482) 396301 option 2 or email healthy.homes@eastriding.gov.uk

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