The council’s scheme to make homes cheaper to heat is now available to any Leeds homeowner.
Watch out for a letter dropping through your door – it’s not junk mail, it’s a chance help you cut your fuel bills. SSE, the Council’s partner in South Leeds will be writing to all householders over the coming months to offer an energy assessment.
Until now, Wrap Up Leeds ECO was only available to people in receipt of certain benefits. Now, anyone who owns their own property can benefit from energy saving home improvements.
Many of the improvements – like solid wall and roof insulation – will be significantly discounted and some residents may even qualify for a free boiler replacement.
As well as cutting fuel bills, the scheme will also help make Leeds’ homes greener – better insulated homes also mean reduced emissions by using less energy to heat them.
This new phase of Wrap Up Leeds ECO covers a wider range energy saving measures including heating controls, glazing and different types of insulation.
Even if residents have previously been turned down for cavity wall insulation due to how their home was built, Wrap UP Leeds ECO could still help thanks to the new products on offer, often at no cost to the homeowner. Many properties in South Leeds are Victorian terraces with solid outer walls. Insulation can be fitted inside leaving the external brick appearance unchanged.
Funding from energy companies means that the many energy saving products can be offered at reduced prices.
The first step is a home energy survey which will be offered at a special promotional price. Homeowners can pay for any shortfall from a source of their choice.
All works will be subject to a survey and will be carried out by the council’s partners SSE.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said:
“To help people out of fuel poverty and make Leeds greener, we need to make schemes like Wrap Up Leeds ECO available to as many people as possible. Widening the scheme to all homeowners, regardless of their circumstances is the next natural step.
“The type of work done shows that you can make your home warmer, greener and cheaper to heat and it still looks like any other on your street.”
Charles Farley, SSE Leeds development director, said:
“SSE is really pleased to be working with Leeds City Council on the Wrap Up Leeds ECO campaign and is excited about this new phase of the programme. SSE is bringing its wealth of experience to the project to install insulation measures and more efficient boilers to reduce household energy consumption, which in turn will make a positive impact to reducing energy bills. In this next phase we look forward to delivering these energy efficiency benefits to even more people in Leeds.”