Find out about energy grants and assistance available from the council for homeowners and private landlords in Eastbourne from 2011-2013.
Warm Front Top-Up Grant in Eastbourne
Warm Front is a national government grant that provides insulation and some heating measures (up to £3,500) to homeowners or those privately renting on certain income or disability benefits.
Go to the GOV.UK website using the link from this page to find out more, apply online or download an application form for government Warm Front Grants.
A number of low-income clients applying for Warm Front Grants are being asked to subsidise the cost of works when they may not be in a position to pay. This can lead to either further financial hardship or cancellation of essential improvement works.
In Eastbourne the council therefore offers Warm Front Top-Ups to help householders pay the outstanding balance up to a maximum of £5,000.
Emergency Heating and Hot Water Repair Grant
There is a national scheme to provide a grant for boiler repairs but the scheme is unable to respond to emergency situations. This can leave older and disabled people at risk of illness and possible admission to hospital.
The grant from the council is for the over 65s or disabled with less than £6,000 of savings and is up to a maximum of £1,000. Match funding from benevolence funds and other sources may also be sought on a case-by-case basis.
Renewable Energy Offers
The council is committed to implementing renewable technologies as a key tool in improving private housing.
As part of the implementation of the council’s Environment Strategy, competitive Solar PV prices will be offered to homeowners following a tendering exercise. This scheme will be delivered during 2011-2013 as part of our Private Housing Renewal Policy.
Further details will be published here as soon as our offers are available.
Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Panels
Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, often known as solar panels, use energy from the sun to create cheap, green electricity. PV requires only daylight, rather than direct sunlight, to generate electricity.
Producing your own energy could be cheaper than buying it from energy companies. In addition, you can also sell any excess energy you generate to energy companies, using Feed-in Tariffs (FITs). Find out more on the GOV.UK website using the link from this page.
You can use a Solar PV Savings Calculator online tool on the Centre for Alternative Technology website using the link from this page. This impartial PV payback calculator tool can give you a rough estimate for the amount of energy you could produce from a photovoltaic roof in your location, and the amount of income and savings this roof could generate.
Renewable Heat Premium Payment
There is a national scheme to help homeowners with the cost of installing renewable heating systems. The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme can provide eligible homeowners with grants. You can find out more using the link to GOV.UK from this page.