Watford Borough Council to offer residents in Leavesden Road area grants and loans for insulation and energy measures

Watford Borough Council is pleased to announce that it has successfully secured a share of a £2million pot of funding that will help towards installing insulation to housing across Leavesden Road

Published: Friday, 26th March 2021

Watford Borough Council is pleased to announce that it has successfully secured a share of a £2million pot of funding that will help towards installing insulation to housing across Leavesden Road and the surrounding terraced housing.

The council is delighted to now be able to offer eligible residents in the area grants and loans for selected insulation and energy measures. This will help residents lower their bills and make a difference to carbon emissions. Selected homes in the area can now benefit from measures such as external wall, underfloor and roof insulation. There are also grants for smart heating controls.

Different grants range from £100 to over £10,000 for selected homes to make residents’ homes warmer and more efficient.

The council has teamed up with Better Housing, Better Health to offer free no-obligation energy surveys for the first 100 residents. The survey will identify options for your home and provide a free Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for homes that don’t already have one.

The funding is for energy efficiency retrofit works to private homes in the borough. We are already working at the Kingswood estate and now, with this funding offer, we are proposing to include the terraced housing in and around Leavesden Road as another project area.

This target area consists of 2,215 properties that have been selected as an area of Watford that has a relatively high proportion of properties that are the most inefficient because of their age compared to Watford’s average. A project map is available to download from here: www.watford.gov.uk/Leavesden

The project aims to raise EPC levels to at least a C rating for those households which have incomes of below £30,000, where improvement upgrade work will be free.

The project will have a significant benefit to residents in terms of cost savings.  The average utility cost over a 3 year period for a home with an EPC rating of C is around £2,000.  This compares with an E rated home which would cost £3,500 increasing further to £4,875 for an F rated property.

This project works towards our climate net-zero reduction target (where emissions from homes account for around a third of Watford’s emissions).

Alan Gough, Head of Community and Environmental Services said: “This is wonderful news. It is clear what a real difference insulation makes to residents everyday lives, so we are delighted that we will be able to offer grants and loans to the people in our community who need it most. We hope this will improve the lives of our residents and provide a greener energy solution for our town.”

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