Oldham Council is set to receive funding which will boost the energy efficiency of homes across the borough.
The Green Homes Grant offers eligible homeowners up to £10,000 towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures in their homes. The grants can be used towards the cost of installing insulation, including external wall, loft and cavity wall insulation, and low carbon heating systems.
Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re really pleased to have secured this funding for residents to make their homes better and warmer places to live.
“Times are really difficult at the moment so initiatives like this will have a big impact in cutting fuel bills whilst also benefitting the environment.”
The scheme will also see 67 council-owned homes on the Crossley Estate in Chadderton fitted with external wall insulation to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty and prevent issues relating to condensation and damp.
Landlords – including local authorities like Oldham Council – can also receive a Green Homes Grant of up to £5,000 per property to make improvements to homes which they own. To support the Crossley Estate insulation scheme, the council is funding the balance of the cost from its Housing Revenue Account.
The Crossley Estate is home to houses known as Wimpey No Fines. Built in the 1950s during the post-war housing era, they were mass-produced and have a solid concrete outer wall which makes them difficult to heat and insulate.
The Green Homes Grant funding will build on previous energy efficiency schemes implemented in the homes - boosting the level of insulation to a gold standard.
Cllr Eddie Moores, Chadderton Central Ward Councillor, said: “This is really great news. We have previously installed insulation in these homes in line with the funding we had at the time.
“We have worked hard and have now succeeded in securing additional funding to further improve the insulation, which should result in reduced fuel bills, warmer homes and benefit the health of residents.”
If you are a homeowner, visit www.eonenergy.com/greenhomesgrant for more information on the Green Homes Grant. Tenants should speak to their landlord or housing provider.