Labour Council launches new scheme to help residents save money

Sheffield’s Labour Council is taking action on rising fuel bills and draughty homes

A new Council-backed scheme has been launched to help Sheffield residents facing increased heating costs, to keep warm and save money on energy bills.

Sheffield Heat and Save is an energy efficiency scheme being delivered by Keepmoat and SIG Energy Management, in partnership with Sheffield City Council.

Together, we are offering replacement boilers, cavity wall and loft insulation at little or no cost to home owners and private tenants across the city who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that around 27,000 Sheffield households are currently in fuel poverty.

It is hoped that the Sheffield Heat and Save scheme could see more than £4 million invested across the city, helping around 6500 residents to reduce the cost of keeping their homes warm.

This is just the start, and we know the potential is much, much higher. A study into the energy refurbishment market for the region identified the cost of improving all the homes in Sheffield at over £1.3 billion, with around £70 million of this eligible for ECO grants.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “It is no secret that times are tight for us all, largely due to the cuts we are all facing from this Government. These are without doubt having an impact on some of our residents.

“So a scheme like this which helps save money by providing improvements to keep homes warmer for little or no cost to the householder, ultimately helping residents reduce their bills really is something to be welcomed. In this day and age people should not have to choose between heating and eating, but sadly that is something we are seeing more and more of – so if we can lessen this burden with this new scheme I am all for it.

“This is a triple win – cheaper bills, creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions – we know that climate change is the greatest threat we face as a society. This scheme will be a big help.”

He added this comes just weeks after the Council has once again launched its Big Switch energy saving campaign which aims to help lower household bills by getting people to collectively switch to cheaper tariffs.

Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at Keepmoat, said: “This is an exciting scheme for the city, enabling qualifying residents to save money on energy bills and make their homes warmer.

“The health, lifestyle and economic benefits of warmer homes, particularly for those most in need, are tremendous, so we would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to take advantage of the works that are on offer.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sheffield City Council and SIG on this scheme.”

Neil Donald, Managing Director of SIG Energy Management, said: “As energy prices continue to rise, improving the energy performance of our inefficient housing stock and tackling the fuel poverty crisis needs to be our number one priority.

“We are therefore incredibly pleased to be part of this scheme, which will provide households across Sheffield with the advice and financial support they need to make these much needed improvements,” added Neil. “The fact that the scheme is helping people on our own doorstep makes it even more important to us that this fantastic scheme is a success.”

Eligibility for the scheme is subject to survey and other qualifying criteria.

For more information or to register interest in the scheme, please call 0800 0190919 or 0114 3 990660, or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/eco.

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