Get your fuel bills down with support from Mendip and partners

Residents are encouraged to take up free professional advice on energy efficiency grants, loans and funding assistance available from Mendip District Council and its partners.

The call comes ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday (27th November 2020) and is part of the Council's commitment to support residents and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient and to stay warm.

More than 4,700 Mendip homes, which is 9.4% of households in the district, are currently considered to be living in fuel poverty.  That's just below the national and Somerset average.  This means that a household would fall below the poverty line if they spent what was required to heat their home sufficiently.  

Cllr. Richard Pinnock, Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, said: "Domestic heat and power consumption accounts for 25% of the district's total carbon emissions.  Mendip District Council has committed to support residents and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient, so it makes good sense for us to support the charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy, who will provide free advice to our residents to help them get their energy efficiency in order.  Just give them a call."

Here are some of the grants and loans available from the Council:

  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of D or lower: £500 available towards energy improvement works to improve the EPC rating. Up to £1000 for landlords where the tenant is on qualifying benefits.
  • EPC grants.  Available to pay for the cost of obtaining a new EPC where there is no current or up to date EPC in place.  The grant covers the cost of obtaining an EPC up to a maximum of £100 (subject to limited allocated funding). Applicants are advised to contact the Council first to ensure funding is available.  We will require a copy of the new EPC dated within 3 months of the assessment together with an invoice/receipt for the cost.
  • Safer Homes Grant:  homeowners can access grants of up to £10,000 towards essential works to their homes including energy efficiency improvements. Available to home owners on a means tested benefit or low income and considered vulnerable.
  • Lendology Loans: up to £25K available towards works including renewable energy solutions.
  • Green Homes Grant, a national scheme whereby any homeowner or landlord can apply for vouchers for green home improvements where the government will fund two-thirds of the cost of eligible works, up to £5,000.   Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding up to £10,000.   Residents must visit www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk to apply and ensure improvements are completed by the new deadline of 31st March 2022.

For help and advice to improve your energy efficiency:

For information on grants and loans visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/financialassistance

The Private Sector Housing Team are also here to help you, give them a call on 0300 303 8588 or email: privatesectorhousing@mendip.gov.uk

Save energy and money - take a look at Mendip's Home Energy Checklist pages:

www.mendip.gov.uk/energyefficiency

Contact The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) home energy advice line on 0800 082 2234 or visit: www.cse.org.uk/advice