Knowsley Council has been awarded £1.854m from the Government’s Local Authority Delivery Scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant to support low-income households to upgrade cold homes.
The funding will support 134 in Knowsley to get greener, warmer and help cut energy bills. It will improve the energy efficiency of some of the poorest performing homes in the country – those rated between D and G on their Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
The funding will be used to install green upgrades, including new external wall insulation, loft insulation, heat pumps and solar panels which could save households on average around £200 per year on their energy bills.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “This funding has come just in time as temperatures are dropping and we are reliant on having a warm and comfortable home. The funding will be allocated where it is needed the most, supporting our most vulnerable communities. The funding will also help to improve energy efficiency too meaning lower bills on the long-run.”
One of those helped by a previous round of funding was Mary Moynes, aged 76 and from Whiston, who lives in an end of terrace property which had no insulation but has now had external wall insulation fitted through the Local Authority Delivery scheme.
Mary said “The whole process from start to finish has been excellent and the contractors who worked on the property were very hard working and couldn’t do enough for me.
“I have been able to turn my heating down a few degrees due to how warm the house feels. The gable end wall was constantly cold to touch and when it was really windy you could feel the cold, but not anymore.”
Homes to benefit from the funding are currently being prioritised by Knowsley Council and households will be contacted directly. Work will start on the upgrades early in the New Year.