Cash boost set to help hundreds of homes in Flintshire cut their energy costs.
Flintshire County Council has been awarded grants totalling just under £900,000 to continue its leading home energy efficiency programme.
A capital grant of £800,000 has been secured from the Welsh Government which will enable a further 300 Flintshire homes to receive support through a range of measures including insulation, boiler replacements and free energy efficiency advice.
This work is anticipated to bring £125,000 savings per year to Flintshire energy bills also sustaining over 30 jobs locally.
Another grant of £42,000 has also been secured towards the running of the programme in a ground breaking move by the Welsh Government to support the growing green jobs sector in Wales.
The Council has a team dedicated to reducing the energy bills of residents and tenants and over the past five years has reduced the bills of over 17,000 homes by an average of over £200 per year.
Flintshire’s households currently spend an estimated £80million a year on heating and lighting bills.
This figure is steadily rising as a result of the increases imposed by the big six energy companies.
It is unacceptable that an estimated 20,000 homes in Flintshire spend over 10% of their household income on energy bills.
Councillor Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“As well as being totally unacceptable in the modern world that people should not be able to live in warm and damp free homes, these conditions have been shown by a series of studies to be highly detrimental to health, especially for the most vulnerable. It places a heavy burden and cost on health and social services and has other socially detrimental consequences such as social isolation and poor educational achievement. Securing these grants mean that the Council can carry on making sure that Flintshire residents save money on energy bills and benefit from improved living conditions.”
Households are urged to contact the North Wales Energy Advice Centre free on 0800 954 0658 if they feel that they would benefit from advice or support to cut their bills.
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