Bradford Residents To Benefit From Insulation Grant Scheme

11 November 2013

Bradford residents are set to benefit from warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills thanks to a new scheme being launched by the city’s council.

The ‘b-warm’ scheme will offer many householders across the West Yorkshire city the opportunity to receive free or heavily-subsidised energy saving home improvements, including home insulation.

The scheme, which is being launched by Bradford Council this month, will be funded by the Energy Company Obligation, an initiative set up by the Government to help plug Britain’s ‘leaky’ housing stock. It will be delivered by the council in association with local companies, Keepmoat Ltd., SIG Energy Management Ltd., and Tadea Ltd.

The ‘b-warm’ initiative has been designed to keep residents warm and help lower fuel bills by heating homes more cost effectively. The scheme allows most residents to apply for funding to make energy efficient improvements like Cavity Wall Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, and boiler replacement.

Similar schemes are already in place in towns and cities across the country as part of the Energy Company Obligation. The scheme is funded by the major energy suppliers at the behest of the Government to help target householders that cannot afford to improve the energy efficiency of their property on their own.

The Bradford Council scheme will first target residents living in or at risk of fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is defined as paying more than 10% of your income on fuel bills. Special attention will be paid to low-income households as well as specific demographics, including the elderly.

Those eligible for a full grant can have measures such as Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, and Solid Wall Insulation installed for free. Those that do not meet criteria can still receive help towards funding such measures, with “heavy subsidies” on offer for some.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, told local newspaper The Telegraph & Argus: “We hope that as many eligible households as possible will try to take advantage of the scheme, which will significantly reduce household energy bills as well as improve the comfort and health levels of some of the most vulnerable households in the district.”

Bradford and West Yorkshire residents can also apply for financial assistance to pay for energy efficient improvements under the Green Deal, a countrywide loan-based initiative set up by the Government to help reduce carbon emissions and lower fuel bills.

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