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Friday, 11 April 2014

Cash in on government scheme to heat your home

 

Cheshire East Council is urging residents to cash-in on the government’s new renewable energy initiative.

Householders in Cheshire East can now grab a slice of seven years worth of payments to heat their homes with renewable energy from the government.

The scheme called the Renewable Heat Incentive is aimed at encouraging householders to switch to a heating system like wood fuel, heat pumps or solar hot water.

It is particularly attractive to people who currently have no connection to mains gas and who heat their homes with oil, LPG or solid fuel.

The area west of Crewe has one of the highest proportions of homes without mains gas connection in northern England.

Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said, “For people like me who have to heat their homes on heating oil, this represents a real saving. It fits in well with Cheshire East’s aspirations to make energy more affordable and renewable.”

Those interested will need to undertake an accredited Green Deal home energy assessment which will also advise on insulation measures to save further money and energy.

Help to offset the capital costs of these new renewable heating systems and any insulation may also be available via Green Deal. This will be particularly helpful for rural residents struggling with large heating bills.

Further details of the Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties go to the OfGEM website www.ofgem.gov.uk

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