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Ryedale District Council launches Home Efficiency Fund to help householders save energy

Ryedale District Council has secured Government funding to help citizens improve the warmth and efficiency of their homes.

The North Yorkshire Home Efficiency Fund is offering a range of fully funded energy saving home improvements to eligible homeowners. 

The amount of funding available could be up to £25,000, however most properties will receive upgrades up to the value of £10,000.  

Private renting tenants are also able to apply, however landlords must contribute one third of the total costs.

The property type will dictate the improvements householders can receive which may include insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and high heat retention electric storage heaters.

With energy bills at an all-time high, the council is providing this scheme to help citizens save money whilst keeping warm.

Ryedale District Council is working with energy experts YES Energy Solutions to help citizens qualify for the scheme.

To qualify, citizens must have a household income of £30,000 or less, or receive means tested benefits.

Properties must also be technically suitable for the measures available in the scheme and have a low energy efficiency rating.

Phillip Spurr, Director of Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council said: “We know that many of our citizens are struggling due to the rise in energy bills and are already worried about how they can heat their home in the winter.  We’re delighted to be part of this scheme to support citizens through this difficult time.

“A key aim in our Council Plan is to improve energy efficiency and achieve carbon reduction. This scheme will help us move towards that aim and I’d encourage any citizen in Ryedale who thinks they are eligible for this support to get in touch.”

Citizens interested in the scheme are encouraged to call YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880 100.

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Notes to editors

Funding for the Home Energy Upgrade Scheme

The scheme combines two funding streams which include:

Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 (LAD3): a third phase of the LAD scheme with over £280 million available for local government. LAD3 has a refined scope to support low-income households heated by mains gas. Funding is capped at £10,000 per property.

Home Upgrade Grant Phase 1 (HUG1): over £218 million for low-income households with homes that are off the gas grid through the HUG scheme. Funding amount varies depending on property type.

Councils were able to apply for funding to form energy efficiency retrofit schemes.

The Home Energy Upgrade Scheme is from a consortium of councils which include City of Lincoln Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council.

The scheme is open to homeowners and private renters. Landlords must contribute one third of the costs as part of government regulations.

The scheme helps residents living in homes with poor energy efficiency ratings of EPC band D or below who also have a low income of under £30,000 or receive means tested benefits.

The scheme will deliver external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, solar panels and high heat retention electric storage heaters for properties are suitable and fit the criteria.

There is capacity to improve over 500 households across all three districts.

YES Energy Solutions

YES Energy Solutions is the trading name of Yorkshire Energy Services CIC – a national Community Interest Company operating in the energy efficiency sector. With no shareholders to satisfy, the company invests profits into actions that achieve its social mission – to reduce CO2 and alleviate fuel poverty in the UK.

The company was originally established in 2000 by Kirklees Council to manage multiple affordable warmth programmes. YES Energy Solutions is now an independent organisation working nationally with a broad range of Councils, Housing Associations, Energy Companies and Installers to deliver targeted energy saving schemes that cut customer fuel bills, improve health and wellbeing and regenerate whole communities. They have managed some of the largest Council-backed fuel poverty alleviation schemes in the country.

In the last financial year YES Energy Solutions transformed the energy efficiency of over 2,902 homes, cutting customer fuel bills by £36m over the lifetime of the improvements installed.

For more information visit: www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk