Free energy efficiency upgrades for residents across Hampshire and West Sussex are now available.

Earlier this year, the Warmer Homes consortium of 23 local authorities, led by Portsmouth City Council, successfully secured funding through the Home Upgrade Grant of up to £41.4 million, a government scheme to improve energy efficiency of vulnerable and low-income households that do not have gas central heating.

Eligible households can apply to the scheme and receive free measures that could save hundreds of pounds per year, including insulation, air source heat pumps, and solar panels.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Greening the City, says:

“I encourage residents to take up on this funding. It’s a chance to reduce energy bills, and improve comfort in your homes, especially as the cold weather begins to settle in again this year.

Even if you aren’t eligible for this particular scheme, there are plenty of other schemes that Switched On Portsmouth can refer you to for energy efficiency upgrades and advice.”

John Moores from Warmer Homes says:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded further funding to support more homes through the Warmer Homes programme. We’ve already helped many households keep warm and healthy whilst reducing their energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of their home. In the last year alone, the Warmer Homes programme has installed fully funded heat pumps, solar panels and insulation that will deliver £10m in lifetime bill savings, an average annual saving of £251 per household and has abated over 50,000 tonnes of CO2.”

This scheme is available now and will be open until 2025.

Apply now by visiting the Warmer Homes website www.warmerhomes.org.uk/apply or calling the freephone 0800 038 5737.

For information on other schemes around Portsmouth, contact the Switched On Portsmouth team at www.switchedonportsmouth.co.uk or calling the freephone on 0800 260 5907.