FREE central heating scheme
Published 6th August 2020
workman's hands installing radiator to wall
East Herts residents with no radiators in their homes could be eligible for a free installation of efficient gas-powered central heating to keep homes warm while reducing energy bills. 

East Herts Council is working with trusted partners YES Energy Solutions to install 100 A-rated energy efficient heating systems while following the Government’s latest coronavirus guidance to ensure safety for residents and installers. 

Homeowners and private renters who don’t have radiators qualify for funding by either being in receipt of certain state benefits or having a low household income (typically below £20,000 after rent or mortgage payments).

Graham McAndrew, executive member for environmental sustainability, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer help for householders in our area during such uncertain times. 

“Safety for residents and our partners is our main priority in the scheme and we are ensuring we follow the latest coronavirus guidelines so we can still deliver all the benefits of the scheme with minimised risk.

"It has been shown in studies that gas central heating is three to four times less expensive than electric heating and we hope to help eligible residents lower their fuel bills at a time of financial difficulty for many.
“The efficient heating systems will also reduce household carbon emissions in the area, ensuring a greener future for the district.” 

Funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and residents interested in the opportunity should contact YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100

East Herts Council in partnership with several councils secured over £230,000 from the Warm Homes Fund, an innovative £150m fund established by National Grid. 

The council is providing match funding to support installations in the area, whilst additional funding is secured through the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme. There are also separate grants to help connect homes to the mains gas network if required.

Jeremy Nesbitt, managing director of Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC which administer the fund on behalf of National Grid, said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to fund the scheme to address fuel poverty.

“Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”

YES Energy Solutions will coordinate installations through their accredited installers.