Cut your energy bills through WarmFront now before its too late
The rising cost of household energy bills is putting a real squeeze on people’s finances.
WarmFront is a fantastic scheme which helps people cut their bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
If you are on a low income, you can get a grant of up to £3,500 for various measures to improve the heating and insulation of your home.
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this scheme so have not had the chance to benefit.
Now time is running out, because these grants may not be available after 31st March 2013.
Unless you apply for a grant within the next 6 months you could miss out.
So now is the time to find out whether you are eligible for the grants, which can be spent on improving the energy efficiency of your home through: loft insulation, draughtproofing, cavity wall insulation, hot water tank insulation, or converting an open fire to a glass-fronted fire .
By making your house more fuel efficient you could save up to £160 per year on your heating bills.
I have included the full details below, but if you have any questions then please contact my office and a member of staff will be happy to help you find out about your eligibility.
Please note: If the cost of the work is more than the grant available you will have to make a contribution to enable work to go ahead. Work will not start without making sure you are willing and able to pay the difference.
There are 5.2million households that could claim free insulation grants and reduced tarrifs from energy companies byt only 12% have actually claimed free help.
Eligibilty can be complicated so you may need help to understand if you are entitled to a grant. The Home Heat Helpline is a free central phone number which is is staffed by specially trained advisors. It is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. You can access the Helpline by calling 0800 33 66 99 or on minicom 0800 027 2122 and the Helpline has access to an interpreting service
This helpline can also help you
- Save money on your gas and electricity bills
- Give you information about the Priority Service Register — a special service for elderly or disabled people and those living with long-term health conditions that includes bills in easy-to-read larger text or in Braille, as well as security passwords and a free annual gas safety check (conditions apply)
- Ask for flexible payment options for customers in fuel debt
For more information on eligibility please see the information below from www.direct.gov.uk/warmfront
The scheme is now targeted at people on certain income-related benefits and living in properties that are poorly insulated and/or do not have a working central heating system. You must own your home or rent it from a private landlord.
Eligible customers are all those awarded:
Pension Credit or; income-related Employment and Support Allowance that includes a work-related activity or support component (this includes contribution based ESA customers in the support group who get an income related top up because they automatically qualify for the enhanced disability premium payable with income related ESA)
And those awarded: Income Support or; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or;
income-related Employment and Support Allowance in the assessment phase (first 13 weeks of the claim)
You must also have one of the following: a pensioner premium. or; a disability or severe disability premium, or; an award of child tax credit that also includes an element for a disabled, or severely disabled child or young person, or; a child under the age of five living with you
In addition to the qualifying benefits listed above, the property you live in must also be poorly insulated and/or not have a working central heating system.
If your application continues, you will then be visited by a Warm Front surveyor, who will measure the energy efficiency of your home using a Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).
The surveyor will then make recommendations on which energy efficiency improvements are most appropriate for your property.
You should be aware that the surveyor may find that the energy efficiency of your home is above the threshold required to benefit from the scheme. If this is the case you will not be provided with any recommendations and you will be left with details of where else you may be able to get energy advice and help.