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Welwyn Hatfield Warmer Homes

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is working in partnership with Yorkshire Energy Solutions (YES) to run the Welwyn Hatfield Warmer Homes scheme. It supports homeowners and residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and keep the cost of fuel bills down. 

You could be entitled to free or discounted home energy improvements if you are a home owner, or a tenant renting a home from a private landlord, who is:

  • on a low income
  • receiving certain benefits.

The scheme is also following the latest government advice with regards to coronavirus. 

The following works are available for eligible customers:

  • boiler replacements 
  • first time central heating systems
  • loft insulation
  • cavity wall insulation
  • external wall insulation 

Specific criteria 

You could be eligible for the full or part of the Warmer Homes Grant if you have any ONE of the following 3 criteria below -

1). Low income: Household disposable income (after rent or mortgage has been paid) of £20,000 or less. 

2). High energy costs: a property with at least one of the following - 

  • 100mm or less of loft insulation
  • unfilled cavity walls
  • no working central heating
  • ECP rating of D or below

AND a resident or a household member with either:

  • A heart condition made worse by the cold, as defined below*, or
  • vulnerable to the cold as below*.

3). Health or disability benefits: A home owner or those on a private tenancy agreement (or member of a household that is) in receipt of a long term health or disability benefit, e.g. - 

  • Carer's Allowance
  • A disability benefit (including: Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment). 

*Health conditions made worse by the cold:

  • people with cardiovascular conditions
  • respiratory conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)
  • people with mental health conditions
  • people with disabilities
  • terminal illness
  • those with suppressed immune systems (e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV)
  • neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)
  • Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia).

*Those vulnerable to the cold:

  • people aged over 65, particularly those aged over 75
  • children under 5, and pregnant women
  • people with substance addictions
  • people who have attended hospital due to a fall in the last year
  • those diagnosed with dementia 
  • recent immigrants and asylum seekers.

To speak to someone about whether you qualify for works or to book an appointment, please call 01422 880100 or email projects@yesenergysolutions.co.uk.

Funding for measures in the scheme is secured via the government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme, and may be fully funded in some cases. 

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The Council's Home Energy Efficiency Commitment

Icon for pdf The Council's Home Energy Efficiency Report sets out our approach to reducing energy consumption across all homes in the borough. We're committed to facilitating home energy efficiency across the various housing sectors: social, privately rented and owner occupied, by working with multi-agencies to provide support, or sign-posting to national grants that may be available. 

The Green Homes Grant

If you're a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use, or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2022.

Fuel Poverty

The Energy Saving Trust website can also provide you with information and assistance if you are struggling to pay your fuel bills, or you can find out whether you are eligible for help with your energy costs here.