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Free energy efficiency boost to Northumberland homes

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Households across Northumberland could benefit from free solar panel installation to their homes, saving an average of £280 a year on energy bills.

The offer comes as part of Northumberland’s Local Authority Delivery aspect of the Green Homes Grant, which has been awarded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Up to 340 eligible households in Northumberland could benefit from free energy efficiency improvements to their homes, including solar panels, air source heat pumps and external wall insulation, in a bid to help reduce fuel poverty and tackle the climate emergency.

Cllr Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “As a Council we are thrilled to be awarded this grant which will provide much needed support to those battling rising domestic heating costs, as well as reducing our county’s carbon footprint.

“We are working with E.ON to carry out these improvement works, and would encourage residents who are eligible for free installation of solar panels to contact them as soon as possible, before our grant expires.”

Eligible households must own their own home, have a household income of below £30,000 and an EPC rating of D or below. Full costs of these works will be covered by the grant and installed by E.ON. Residents do not need to be an existing E.ON customer to benefit from the scheme.

Nigel Dewbery, director of residential solutions at E.ON, said: “Improving the energy efficiency of homes across the UK is key to meeting the nation’s net-zero targets, and can dramatically improve people’s living conditions, by helping to increase their comfort and reduce their energy bills.

“We’re delighted to be bringing these benefits to households across the region, as we work with Northumberland County Council to install energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, solar panels or air source heat pumps, in the homes of eligible residents.”

Construction and retrofitting activities are already underway on several properties and will be complete by end of September 2021.

Residents can apply online by visiting www.eonenergy.com/home-heating/green-homes-grant or by emailing Greenhomesgrant@eonenergy.com with their contact details, and a member of E.ON’s customer services team will be in touch. Alternatively, residents can call the E.ON Green Homes Grant team on 0333 202 4820. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

To find out more and to read the Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-23 visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/climatechange

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