Thousands of homes on the Isle of Wight could benefit from a new and improved energy efficiency scheme.
Warm Up Wight has been operating since 2016 and aims to help householders on the Island to access a range of energy efficiency measures that could help to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat.
The qualification criteria for the scheme has now been widened meaning many more people that may have missed out in the past could now qualify, including those on low incomes or properties that are hard to heat.
The scheme is operated by heating and insulation company J&J Crump & Sons Ltd and supported by the Isle of Wight Council,
Cllr Steve Hastings, Cabinet Member for Procurement, Waste Management, Special Projects and Forward Planning, said: “Fuel poverty is still a real issue on the Isle of Wight, and as energy prices rise, those living in homes without sufficient energy- efficiency measures in place are often hit the hardest.
“We know that following the Covid-19 lockdown, many homes will be facing the reality of a reduced income whilst their fuel bills are likely to increase as a result of being at home all the time. This is an ideal time to do what we can to help people make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat.”
Under this new scheme, thousands of homes on the Island will be eligible to apply for a range of energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, room in the roof insulation and in some cases replacement boilers or new heating systems.
“We know that there are tens of thousands of homes on the Island that could still benefit from insulation and heating measures, said Steve Crump, MD of JJCrump.
“Our teams will be out on the streets soon and residents will receive a letter through their doors which will provide more information about the scheme, list the eligibility criteria and the various ways in which they can apply. For many residents, the energy efficiency measures will be free.
“While the weather is warmer, there’s no better time to prepare their homes for the winter months and the colder conditions, and we would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible under the scheme to get in touch.”
For more information about Warm Up Wight or to register interest, please visit https://www.jjcrump.com/warm-up-wight/