Advice and Support Given to Homeowners to Reduce Energy Bills

Members of the Henley Town Council Climate Emergency Working Group hosted a stand on Saturday in Market Place offering support and advice to residents on reducing Henley’s carbon footprint and saving residents’ money on energy bills.

They were joined by Andy Tunstall and Cat Noble from The Green Group (UK) Ltd who offer installation of solar panels and funding for greener community projects including wind turbines and electric vehicle charging points.

Government Green Home grants up to £5,000 for home improvements are now available to Henley homeowners and landlords. Work must be completed by 31 March 2021. To receive a grant you must apply for vouchers of two thirds of your eligible costs, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. For example, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, a ground source heat pump or a biomass boiler.  Work to property in the Conservation Area of Henley-on-Thames will require planning permission for some types of improvement.  You can check whether your home improvement requires planning permission at the Planning Portal Interactive House.

The government website with further details is now live and applications are expected to open on 1st October.

Patrick Fleming said, “Help is also available through Cosy Homes Oxfordshire who managed the whole project from start to finish with an accredited tradesperson for a management fee.  There’s a great energy house calculator https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/energy-efficiency/reduce-bills which residents can use.  I tried it and it was within 10% of my bills.”

Residents interested in applying for grants can email the Projects Officer for advice f.hewer@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

Henley Town Council  are also in partnership with IDDEA with a Solar Streets initiative.  Solar Streets is a community and local council partnership to deliver quality low cost solar pv installations to whole communities.  The scheme is delivered through community bulk purchasing, condensed installations which means less travel time between jobs.  Under the scheme, a 14 panel 4kW installation will cost £4,000.

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