More Homes to Stay Warm & Cosy this Winter – 17 September 2012

Thousands more Lincolnshire homes have become eligible for help under the Government’s Warm Front scheme since 12 September, when new regulations came into force. Warm Front provides Government grants to people in poorly heated or poorly insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work. Those eligible can apply for up to £3,500 towards the cost of the work or up to £6,000 for homes not connected to mains gas.

"To be eligible for Warm Front you must be on certain income-related benefits, own your home or rent it from a private landlord and your home must have an energy-efficiency rating below the eligibility threshold," said Grimsby Energy Performance Certificate provider Colin Childs from "On 12 September the Government increased the energy-efficiency rating threshold from 55 to 63. That is equivalent to a band D Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). We estimate that the increase to the threshold brings more than 16,000 additional North East Lincolnshire homes within the eligibility criteria."

Qualifying households can get grants for improvements such as:

• Loft insulation

• Draught proofing

• Cavity wall insulation

• Hot water tank insulation

• Repairs to existing heating systems

• Gas, oil or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) central heating systems

• Electric storage heaters

• Conversion of a solid-fuel open fire to a glass-fronted fire

• Timer controls for electric space and water heaters.

For further information on Warm Front eligibility or to apply, householders should call the Warm Front team on 0800 316 2805.