Bracknell residents are being urged to take advantage of a range of grants to help with energy costs. Heat Berkshire offers grants towards the cost of boiler upgrades, full central heating, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, and last year more than 500 residents across Berkshire received a new boiler through the service, in addition to free gas connections and insulation.
Hazel Hill, Sustainable Energy Officer at Bracknell Forest Council, said
“People often think you need to be in receipt of benefits to be eligible for these grants, but this isn’t always the case. In Bracknell, you are likely to be eligible for a grant if your household income after tax, rent and energy bills is less than £35,000.”
Grants for boiler upgrades, first time central heating and insulation are available for people who own their home. Tenants and landlords of privately rented properties are eligible for central heating and insulation grants, if the home has an energy performance certificate rating of A to E. In many cases the works are free, although central heating grants are likely to require a partial contribution from the property owner.
Central heating grants are available to people without heating, such as those using open fires or plug in electric heaters, or for people who wish to switch from electric storage heaters to a full radiator heating system. Grant funding can also be provided towards the cost of a new mains gas connection, or, in rural areas, the new heating system can be fuelled from bottled gas, or a ground source heat pump.
Residents looking to take advantage of these heating and insulation grants can call Heat Berkshire on 01344 515045, or visit Heat Berkshire online. All works are subject to survey, eligibility criteria and limited funding.