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People in Gateshead could receive help to keep their homes warm this winter - but beware fraudsters

Green Homes Grant launched in Gateshead

The Government's Green Homes Grant could help residents with the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to their homes. The council is asking residents interested in applying for a voucher to be on their guard and use reputable tradespeople.

The grant covers two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to £5,000. However, some residents who receive certain benefits may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost up to £10,000.

Measures that are covered through the scheme include insulation, low carbon heating such as solar panels, draught proofing, heating controls and more. The government has said the work must be completed by 31 March 2021.

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Councillor John Adams, cabinet member for housing, said: "The Green Homes Grant scheme has the potential for residents to install energy saving measures at a fraction of the cost. If it works, then not only will it help keep homes warmer in the winter, but it could help cut fuel bills and lower the amount of carbon emissions produced locally. "

"I would remind residents that Green Homes Grant representatives will never come to your property uninvited, nor will they email, text or cold call on the phone to encourage you to join the scheme. It is up to you to apply. Be on your guard and only use reputable tradespeople."

Residents can find out more about the scheme, check eligibility, search for Trustmark accredited local tradespeople and apply at www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk

Green Homes Grant launched in Gateshead
28 October 2020

The Government's Green Homes Grant could help residents with the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to their homes. The council is asking residents interested in applying for a voucher to be on their guard and use reputable tradespeople.

The grant covers two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to £5,000. However, some residents who receive certain benefits may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost up to £10,000.

Measures that are covered through the scheme include insulation, low carbon heating such as solar panels, draught proofing, heating controls and more. The government has said the work must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Find out more

Councillor John Adams, cabinet member for housing, said: "The Green Homes Grant scheme has the potential for residents to install energy saving measures at a fraction of the cost. If it works, then not only will it help keep homes warmer in the winter, but it could help cut fuel bills and lower the amount of carbon emissions produced locally. "

"I would remind residents that Green Homes Grant representatives will never come to your property uninvited, nor will they email, text or cold call on the phone to encourage you to join the scheme. It is up to you to apply. Be on your guard and only use reputable tradespeople."

Residents can find out more about the scheme, check eligibility, search for Trustmark accredited local tradespeople and apply at www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk

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