Last chance to apply! Free central heating systems for eligible Shropshire households
With winter fast approaching, Shropshire residents who could be eligible for free first-time gas central heating have up until the 1st December to take up the offer.
The call out is part of the Warmer Homes Shropshire programme, a joint initiative from Shropshire Council and renewable electricity provider E.ON1 and includes installation of a brand-new gas boiler, radiators and a thermostat.
The scheme also provides a fully-funded connection to the gas network if required and can include free loft and cavity wall insulation for qualifying homes.
The eligibility criteria are linked to household income level and qualifying benefits, but applicants don’t need to be an E.ON or E.ON Next energy customer to qualify.
Every winter millions of people across the UK struggle to stay warm and healthy at home. In Shropshire alone there is around 16,000 households suffering from fuel poverty.
Rising energy costs, low incomes and energy inefficient homes leave them unable to afford even basic household essentials like energy, food and heating. Living in a cold home can have a range of impacts on physical and mental health and treating cold-related illness is estimated to cost the NHS in England and Wales over £2bn a year.
Grants are available to eligible households who don’t currently have central heating. The £4,500 installation cost is covered by the scheme and installing a new gas central heating system could save a household as much as £350 per year.
Oliver Rothwell, Shropshire Council’s Warm Homes Fund Project Officer said:
“Switching to a gas central heating system can save residents money on their energy bills each year and give greater control over heating through the use of a thermostat, as well as making homes warmer.
“Anyone living in a Shropshire home currently using electric storage, panel or plug in heaters is urged to check their eligibility with the council and apply immediately if they qualify. Qualifying residents may already have a gas connection but must not currently have gas central heating.
“If you or someone you know is struggling to heat your home and think you could qualify for this scheme, then please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.”
Nigel Dewbery, Director of Residential Solutions at E.ON UK, added:
“This is a time-limited offer, and for those who qualify it presents a real opportunity to replace your inefficient home heating with a system that’s better for your budget.
“E.ON has a long history of helping improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes and we’re keen to support eligible Shropshire residents now by installing first-time gas central heating, and insulation where appropriate, keeping homes warmer this winter and helping the UK meet our carbon reduction target.”
For more information and to apply visit Warmer Homes Shropshire or call E.ON on 0333 202 4481.
Find out how our Warmer Homes Shropshire Scheme helped a local nurse who’d lived in her house with nothing but a log burner to heat the property for eight years – enduring three particularly difficult winters when temperatures fell to around minus 15C.