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29 - Council warms to the idea of insulation scheme extension

A popular home energy efficiency advice scheme in Dudley which could help people with grants of up to £10,000 has been extended.

Dudley Council’s Thermal Comfort scheme aims to give financial assistance for people insulating their home.

The council is planning to increase the number of eligible projects by including external wall insulation and floors in the scheme which already includes loft and cavity wall insulation and draught proofing.

Under the scheme, people can apply for help, and the council will provide energy advice tailored to individual needs and will assist in accessing a range of national funding for the work. The council will also advise on using property equity as a means of funding. After all sources have been looked at, and as long as the applicant meets the criteria, grants of up to £10,000 are available to fund the work.

Andrea Pope-Smith, director of adult, community and housing services, said:

“Where we are able to help, we want to support homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and to help them reduce the costs of heating.

“We can use our expertise to look at what funding is available and other financial opportunities, but once those have been exhausted we can look to provide grants from the council, as long as people are eligible.

“By extending the scheme to include more insulation work we are giving people every opportunity to save money and have warmer homes.”

People in privately owned homes, apply for help from the council and their homes are assessed by experts. Applicants also have a financial assessment to see how much help they are entitled to.

For more information on help and advice on home insulation or energy advice call Dudley Home Improvement Service on 01384 815118 or visit Harbour Buildings, Waterfront West, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1LN.

News Release Contact Information

Chris Howes - 01384 815 232 - chris.howes@dudley.gov.uk