Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount 2015-16?

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What is the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is a £140 discount off your electricity bill (or credit on your pre-payment meter) for winter 2015-16 if your supplier is part of the scheme and you meet the eligibility criteria. The scheme is open to applications now and it is worth applying early to ensure you get it.

Who is eligible?

There is a Core Group who are automatically eligible and don’t need to apply; these are householders who were receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit on the qualification date 12th July 2015. If you have been awarded Guaranteed Pension Credit since then you will need to apply for the Warm Home Discount yourself.

If you don’t meet the criteria for the Core Group you may be eligible under the ‘Broader Group’ and will also need to apply yourself. Eligibility criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers but is usually based on low income, means tested benefits and a vulnerability in the household e.g. disability or child under 5. You can check the individual eligibility criteria with your supplier by clicking the link on their name below.

Which suppliers are part of the scheme?

How to apply?

You need to apply directly with your energy supplier, you can find the contact details by clicking on the links above. Depending on the supplier you can apply online, by phone or by post.

If you have any further questions about the Warm Home Discount or would like more advice about reducing your bills and keeping warm you can phone us on Freephone 0800 804 8601.

Launching Hitting the Cold Spots Winter 2015-16

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Hitting the Cold Spots Winter 2015-16

Hitting the Cold Spots, our fuel poverty support service, is entering its fifth year of helping Hampshire residents to keep warm and manage the cost of their heating. The campaign focuses on reducing the effect of cold housing and fuel poverty, and promotes the health and wellbeing of vulnerable families and individuals, by providing a range of practical local services and advice. Run in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the scheme has helped hundreds of vulnerable people to access affordable warmth.

The service helpline can be contacted on Freephone 0800 804 8601, or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com.

The official launch of Hitting the Cold Spots Winter 2015 will take place on 29th September 2015, at a briefing session in the Discovery Centre, Winchester. For more information please visit the Hitting the Cold Spots webpage.

Join our team!

Position available: Project Officer

We are looking for a Project Officer to join our small and friendly team to help raise awareness of environmental and sustainability issues.

Educated to degree level and with project experience you will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to maintain a focus on detail while managing a large volume of work at certain times of the year. Experience working with mapping and data analysis software is desirable.

Good people skills are also very important for this role; you’ll be quick to build rapport with colleagues and external contacts, a good listener as well as being happy to take instruction from others. Ideally you’ll be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about environmental issues and have experience with community engagement.

Job Specification: To see the full job specification, please click here: Project Officer – job description May 2015

How to Apply

To apply, please provide a cover letter (no more than one side of A4) and a current CV to Helen Farley

We will contact you on 2nd June if we have decided to invite you to attend an interview.

Contract:        Permanent

Salary:             £19,000-21,000 per annum, negotiable for exceptional candidates.

Hours:             37.5 hours per week

You may be required to work some evenings and weekends. tEC operates a time off in lieu system.

Deadline:        5pm, 29th May 2015

Interviews will be held on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th June 2015.

This job can also be found on www.environmentjob.co.uk

New round of Green Deal Home Improvement Funding (GDHIF) available this week

As expected, the next round of GDHIF funding is to be released at 9:00am on Wednesday (10/12/14). DECC are releasing up to £30 million per quarter of 2015 and the next release is expected to be in February. Up to £5600 worth of incentives are available per household but valid quote(s) for each measure and proof of ownership are required prior to applying for a voucher and the measures must be recommended on a (less than two year old) Energy Performace Certificate (EPC) or Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR).

Our advice leaflet summarises the offer:
Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
For more information and the conditions, see the DECC press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/green-deal-home-improvement-fund-details-announced

Affordable Warmth Checklist

The affordable warmth checklist for the Hitting the Cold Spots project provides tips to help frontline staff recognise indicators of fuel poverty. Signs to look out for include: condensation and mould, lack of visible heating and curtains closed during the day. Clients may be reluctant to return home from public events or hospital, or may tell you that they are struggling with the costs of heating. Those most vulnerable to the effects of the cold include older people, young children and those with a disability or long term health condition.

If you spot anyone you think may be at risk this winter then call the Hitting the Cold Spots team on 0800 804 8601 or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com to find out what help is available.

We can support eligible Hampshire residents to access grants and discounts and fix broken heating systems. It's also a good idea to check that insulation is up to standard to keep households warm and bills down.

HTCS Affordable Warmth Checklist    HTCS Affordable Warmth Checklist p2

Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount 2014-15?

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What is the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is a £140 discount off your electricity bill (or credit on your pre-payment meter) for winter 2014-15 if your supplier is part of the scheme and you meet the eligibility criteria. The scheme is open to applications already and it is worth applying early to ensure you get it.

Who is eligible?

There is a Core Group who are automatically eligible and don’t need to apply; these are householders who were receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit on the qualification date 12th July 2014. If you have been awarded Guaranteed Pension Credit since then you will need to apply for the Warm Home Discount yourself.

If you don’t meet the criteria for the Core Group you may be eligible under the ‘Broader Group’ and will also need to apply yourself. Eligibility criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers but is usually based on low income, means tested benefits and a vulnerability in the household e.g. disability or child under 5. You can check the individual eligibility criteria with your supplier by clicking the link on their name below.

Which suppliers are part of the scheme?

How to apply?

You need to apply directly with your energy supplier, you can find the contact details by clicking on the links above. Depending on the supplier you can apply online, by phone or by post.

If you have any further questions about the Warm Home Discount or would like more advice about reducing your bills and keeping warm you can phone us on 02380 336 172 or Freephone 0800 804 8601.

Green Deal Communities Funding

Southampton City Council has been awarded funding by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to carry out a regeneration project across the city through its Solent Green Deal project.

They are looking to insulate homes with solid walls and have been undertaking works in British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF), Wimpey and REEMA properties. They can also carry out additional energy improvement measures to eligible properties where possible. This work will substantially improve homes, providing considerable energy savings and reduced fuel bills for the householder.

Funding is available towards the majority of the cost of works, however a client contribution will be required.

We are working closely with Southampton City Council to contact all properties that qualify under this project. If you haven't received a letter or would like more information please contact us on 0800 804 8601.

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New round of incentives funding through GDHIF

An an additional £100 million have been announced for the scheme which closed in July.

A few months ago we explained that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) had been closed due to ‘overwhelming popular demand’. We’re now pleased to inform you that the government have announced that they are going to inject an additional £100 million into the scheme in late November. We’re not sure exactly what will be on offer through the scheme but the last round included incentives of up to £1500 for a selection of standard energy efficiency measures and £4000 for solid wall insulation. We’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks and provide more details once they have are available.

DECC announcement: An additional £100 million for household energy efficiency www.gov.uk/government/news/an-additional-100-million-for-household-energy-efficiency

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Closes

DECC have announced that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed:

“Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed for applications with immediate effect. A surge in applications over the last two days means the allocated budget has now been reached. All applications received prior to the fund closing that satisfy the terms and conditions and meet the eligibility criteria will be honoured at the original rates. The Department of Energy and Climate Change will monitor voucher redemption rates and will consider whether to launch a further offer should funds become available.”

This means that people wishing to install energy efficiency improvements through the Green Deal are no longer able to access additional national government incentives. There are, however, a number of local schemes in Hampshire which may be able to offer help towards the costs of a variety of energy efficiency measures. Contact us to find out if you may be eligible.

Government Press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/applications-to-the-green-deal-home-improvement-fund-close (Published 24 July 2014)

More households now eligible for subsidised or free insulation

The government announced the results of their consultation into the future of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) yesterday. For an in-depth summary of the changes see our update.

Among the changes are expansion of the areas eligible for free or subsidised insulation through the Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO). The map below shows the areas in Hampshire which are now eligible (red indicates the original areas and yellow the new areas).

The changes to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) also mean that all easy-to-treat cavity walls and lofts are eligible for grants towards the cost of the work and we will provide more information about this as soon as we can.

If you would like more information then contact us to find out more.