'Act now before CERO ends!', says charity boss
Residents of Stafford Borough are being urged to take advantage of funding for loft and cavity wall insulation before it runs out in September. Currently funds are still available under a government scheme called ECO, which obliges the big energy suppliers to meet carbon-saving targets by installing insulation.
End of a 'CERO'
But the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) part of ECO is being phased out in September 2018, so the energy suppliers need to spend remaining CERO budgets and fulfil their obligations (see Insulation and heating grants). There are no income or benefits criteria, and householders could receive up to 100% of the installation cost.
Oliver Rothwell, Project Manager of the charity Warmer Homes Stafford, says: 'Rather than heat the street, contact us today to access grants to help get your home up to standard. But this will change in September, so residents need to act fast!"
'Knock hundreds off energy bills'
Insulation will not only keep your home warmer in winter, but will help to keep the heat at bay during a heatwave, so preventing your home from overheating. The recommended level of loft insulation is 270mm (about 10 inches). Homes with less than 100mm (4 inches) can get grants to fund top-up insulation to the recommended level. This could knock hundreds of pounds off your energy bills.
CALLING ALL RESIDENTS OF STAFFORD BOROUGH:
Warmer Homes Stafford is a partnership between Marches Energy Agency and Stafford Borough Council.
All residents in the Borough can access free and impartial advice via the helpline. Call free on 0800 677 1785 to find out more and register for funding.