Hastings Borough Council has led a successful bid to the government’s Green Homes Grant fund to help households living in fuel poverty with home energy efficiency improvements. This is as part of a £1.3 million project to retrofit 125 homes across East Sussex. 

The first phase will focus on improving properties in Hastings and Rother, the next on improving private properties throughout the county through the Winter Homes Check service.

The national grant scheme pays up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements to a maximum of £5,000. The local scheme will be paying 100% for homeowners on low incomes and up to 50% for landlords. Grants are available to cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs,  installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing,and low-carbon heating like heat pumps or solar thermal – measures that could help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

The project is a partnership between East Sussex authorities, Optivo Homes, Citizens Advice and RetrofitWorks who provide the East Sussex Warm Homes Check Service.

Cllr Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing and homelessness, said: “The council has a commitment, through its climate change motion, for Hastings to be carbon neutral by 2030. One of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in the town is poorly insulated properties. Improving the energy efficiency of these properties is really important. 

“This funding will go some way to addressing fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the town, it is a start but more needs to be done.”

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