East London council launches Cosy Homes scheme to help residents save money
Barking and Dagenham residents could benefit from a warmer home this winter through the council’s Cosy Homes Scheme.
The council is working in partnership with E.ON energy and J&J Crump installers to help eligible residents make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat by offering free energy-saving measures including cavity wall, party wall and loft insulation, and in some cases replacement boilers or new heating systems.
Recent changes to the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) means that the council is now able to widen the qualification criteria for people that are eligible for ECO funding. Homes of residents who are on low income, have someone with a long-term health condition, or are in receipt of benefits, will be able to benefit from the scheme.
It is estimated that cavity wall insulation could save residents up to £150* a year on their fuel bills, and a further £125* with additional loft insulation.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said: “Fuel poverty is a huge challenge in our borough and with rising energy prices residents living in the least energy-efficient homes often suffer the most.
“The scheme is a fantastic way to help residents live in warmer homes, leading to lower fuel bills, more disposable income and better health. I’d urge everyone to get in touch to find out if they qualify to benefit from this free scheme.”
The council will be writing to homes who have been identified as having low energy-efficiency ratings over the coming weeks explaining how residents can get involved.