How Melton residents can enjoy a warmer home this winter

Help is at hand from the Warm Homes project to make Melton homes more energy efficient and warmer throughout the winter months.

Promoted by Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland
Wednesday, 15th December 2021, 4:26 pm
The Warm Homes project was able to fully fund the installation of first-time gas central heating in Noel's home
The Warm Homes project was able to fully fund the installation of first-time gas central heating in Noel's home

The scheme is a partnership between Leicestershire County Council, E.ON and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to provide free, affordable warmth information, advice and support to Leicestershire residents aged 18 and over.

The project has already helped many households across the county with new gas connections and first-time central heating systems, fitted free of charge. Eligible Leicestershire residents can also benefit from home improvements including cavity wall and loft insulation, and grants to help repair broken heating.

It is due to end in early 2022 – meaning residents should apply now to see if they qualify.

Find out if you could be eligible for help today by calling 0116 261 4604 or emailing [email protected]

Noel, from Hinckley, applied to the initiative earlier this year. He had a gas fire and warmed his house using a single storage heater in the kitchen, meaning it was difficult to efficiently warm the rest of his home and his electricity bills were high.

The Warm Homes project was able to fully fund the installation of first-time gas central heating, including a new boiler, making Noel’s home more energy-efficient and warmer throughout the winter months, all for free.

“From application to fitting, I have found the Warm Homes fund to be an easy process,” he says.

“The team that installed my boiler and central heating were experienced and competent. The new system is better than the single electric heater I had before.

“My home feels much cosier to be in this winter. I’d encourage anybody who is eligible to apply and see how they can benefit.”

The government’s plans to phase out gas boilers will not mean they will have to be removed from people’s homes. With Warm Homes funding ending in 2022, in the immediate term it is important residents benefit from the most affordable means of maintaining warmth.

Nigel Dewbery, Director of Residential Solutions at E.ON UK, said the scheme wasn’t just for the energy company’s customers.

“This is a time-limited offer and, for those who qualify, it presents a real opportunity to replace your inefficient home heating with a system that’s better for the environment and your budget.

“It’s important to know that you don’t have to be an E.ON customer now or in the future to benefit from the scheme.”

Antony Massey, Warm Homes Co-ordinator at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, added: “The project can support you to access solutions to help keep your home affordably warm.

“This can include insulation measures, energy advice to help you reduce your bills, advice on managing your income, helping you to access benefits to help make heating your home affordable, the installation of gas to the property and a gas boiler.

“Over the past two years, the Warm Homes project has helped more than 3,700 households to reduce their energy bills and could help you prepare for a warmer winter this year. It is important that people take advantage of this project sooner rather than later as it is due to end early next year.”

Find out if you’re eligible and how the scheme can help you by calling 0116 261 4604 or emailing [email protected]