First-time Central Heating Funding

Through a partnership between Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Environment Centre (tEC), we have received significant funding from Central Government to help with the cost of installing gas or LPG central heating systems into homes which do not currently have any form of central heating.

To qualify for assistance under this scheme you need to:

  • own your own home, or rent from a private landlord,
  • have no central heating system in the property (central heating includes radiators fed from a back boiler and underfloor heating),
  • live in a property with an EPC rating of E, F or G, and
  • be on a low income*.

We are currently looking for eligible properties and households in Hampshire and Southampton, so please call the  Environment Centre (tEC) if you want more information or to check your eligibility, on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

*Terms and conditions apply.

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Southampton Healthy Homes

Press Release: Southampton secures £500k to help residents stay warm this winter.

The Environment Centre (tEC) in partnership with Southampton City Council have been awarded £500K funding through the British Gas Energy Trust Healthy Homes Programme to help vulnerable residents across the city who are struggling to keep warm and well in their homes.

This exciting project was launched on Friday 11th December 2015 at a well-attended event in the Civic Centre, with presentations given by Councillor Lewzey, Councillor Payne and Councillor Shields.

SHH launch event 11Dec15 Cllr Shields, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care says “The ambition of the Southampton Healthy Homes project is to address the avoidable health consequences that arise from fuel poverty and to eradicate excess winter mortality in the city. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent excess winter deaths and I encourage anyone who is concerned about the risks of cold weather, either to their own wellbeing or a friend, relative or neighbour, to get in touch for advice and guidance.”

Southampton has a particular problem with a cold, damp and draughty homes which are expensive to heat and which can cause the people who live in them to become ill. Severe or prolonged exposure to cold can even lead to premature death and can make many health conditions such as arthritis, breathing problems and rheumatism much worse.

Adam Goulden Chief Executive at the Environment Centre says “Recent figures suggest that over 10,000 households in the city are unable to heat their homes to an adequate level so this new service is a great opportunity to help Southampton Residents through impartial advice on improving the energy efficiency of their homes, changing energy suppliers or switching tariffs or providing access to funding to help those most in need”

Physical home improvements available to residents with specific health conditions includes Solid Wall Insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, draft proofing and other energy efficiency measures*. tEC’s friendly and experienced advisors are able to attend a limited number of home visits to provide bespoke advice to vulnerable residents but their Freephone advice line is available to anyone who wants information of keeping warm and well this winter.

Anyone interested in finding out more or would like to refer a family member, neighbour or client can reach the Southampton Healthy Homes team on 0800 804 8601(free from all major phone providers) or 023 8033 6172, or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com.

*Terms and conditions apply. Funding available to privately owned or privately rented properties only.

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The Southampton Healthy Homes project is funded by the British Gas Energy Trust.  Project Partners include the Environment Centre (tEC), Southampton City Council, Southampton City CCG, Solent NHS Trust, Citizens Advice Southampton, SCRATCH, SCM Basics Bank, the Alder Trust and the University of Southampton. For more information please contact Helen Farley on 023 8033 6172.

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Southampton Warmth For All

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our Southampton Warmth For All (SWFA) project. Building on the success of our previous energy efficiency projects in the Southampton area, SWFA will be helping residents address cold, damp and high energy costs in their homes.

With funding from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust, the project will be running over the coming year, helping hundreds of people in Southampton to reduce their electricity and heating bills, and make their homes warmer and more comfortable.
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The new project will focus on preventing and mitigating the effects of fuel poverty and energy debt, in particular among those moving into new accommodation or living independently for the first time, or those who need extra support due to illness, disability or families with young children.

The free and confidential service can help with:

  • Home energy efficiency,
  • Draught-proofing (and the materials to do it),
  • Switching energy tariff or supplier,
  • Dealing with fuel debt,
  • Reducing energy usage at home,
  • Setting heating and hot water controls,
  • Condensation and mould,
  • Applying for Warm Home Discount.

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  • Workshops and drop-in sessions in community locations around Southampton*
  • Home visits with one of our Energy Advisors*
  • Advice surgeries at the Environment Centre office*

*These services may be subject to availability and eligibility criteria.

Please see our SWFA project page for the latest updates on when and where our drop-in sessions will be running.

To find out more about the support we offer please call Freephone 0800 804 8601
(Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com

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:
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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.

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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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