In a groundbreaking initiative, hundreds of homeowners, renters, and landlords in Leeds with properties lacking gas central heating can now avail themselves of energy-saving green measures at no cost or a substantial discount. The Leeds City Council, in collaboration with energy services provider Everwarm Ltd, is spearheading the effort to utilize the £15.5 million government funding allocated for Leeds homes through the Home Upgrade Grant. This initiative is set to conclude in March 2025.

The Home Energy Help team, working tirelessly with Everwarm Ltd, aims to maximize the reach of the grant, offering upgrades such as various insulation options, heat pumps, solar panels, and electric radiators. By addressing heat loss through these energy-saving measures, existing buildings can become more affordable and efficient to maintain at a comfortable temperature.

Qualifying homeowners are eligible for complimentary upgrades, while landlords meeting the criteria can benefit from a generous two-thirds discount on the installations. To determine eligibility swiftly, residents are urged to check online at www.leeds.gov.uk/homeenergy or contact the council’s contractor at 0800-197-7755.

Everwarm will collaborate with applicants to devise a tailored combination of upgrades that enhance the energy efficiency rating (EPC) of their properties. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The urgency of this initiative is underscored by the fact that British homes rank among the least energy-efficient in Europe. In 2021, less than half of privately rented or owned homes in Leeds achieved a ‘C’ grade or higher for energy efficiency. A staggering 17.6% of Leeds households were deemed to be in fuel poverty in 2020, living in homes inefficiently consuming energy and falling below the poverty line after settling energy bills.

Enhancing the energy efficiency and quality of homes aligns with the council’s Best City Ambition, focusing on health, poverty alleviation, and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Residents keen to explore the benefits of energy upgrades, access impartial energy-efficiency advice, and learn about available financial support can visit www.leeds.gov.uk/homeenergy.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space / Councillor Jessica Lennox, executive member for housing, said; “Tackling heat waste from our homes is a win-win-win. it helps household finances, improves our health, and is good for the planet too.

“While some homeowners can afford to invest in energy-saving measures with the right financial and technical advice, we know that many others will need additional support to access the benefits of green home upgrades.

“As a council, we’re determined to make it easier for Leeds homeowners and landlords to access the Home Energy Help they need to save money and cut carbon.

“I am therefore delighted to be able to launch this latest scheme which could see off-gas households benefit from up to £15.5 million of improvements. I would strongly encourage residents to check their eligibility online or phone while funding is available.”

Scott Paton, operations director for Everwarm, said; “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council to deliver its new Home Upgrade Grant scheme.

“With the ongoing cost of living pressures facing many this winter, there has never been a more important time to make people aware of the support that is available to them.

“The measures we can install through the scheme can make residents’ homes more energy efficient and importantly, can help residents make savings on their energy bills.

“We look forward to supporting local people to make the most of the funding on offer as the scheme commences.”

The Leeds City Council urges residents to check their eligibility promptly to benefit from this transformative scheme while funding is available.