Local Energy Advice Partnership

LEAP

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) is a free energy and money saving advice service. We provide the service in partnership with AgilityEco.

Green Energy Switch, based in Peterborough, provides the LEAP Home Energy Assessors who carry out a full energy audit of the home. They give energy saving tips and advice to help householders save money on bills. The service also includes:

  • Installation of free and simple energy saving measures - such as LED lightbulbs, draught proofing, letter box brushes, reflective radiator panels, hot water cylinder insulation etc

  • Referrals through to Incomemax who can carry out income / benefit maximisation checks, bill management advice and debt advice as well as having routes into the utility companies' customer support services and charities for residents who are struggling with their bills

  • Referrals onto Government funding streams for larger scale energy efficiency measures for boiler repair, boiler replacement, loft, cavity, external and internal wall and underfloor insulation, solar panels and low carbon technologies

You can self-refer to the service by visiting the Green Energy Switch website or by calling 01733 646253

Please note: The Home Energy Advice visits run from August to March every year. In the summer months, a telephone advice and onward referral service to Incomemax and Government grant funding is in place.

Peterborough City Council's Winter Warmth Funding 2022/23

Funding is available through the cost-of-living crisis for a range of measures to help vulnerable, lower income residents through the winter months.

If you are facing problems with maintaining a warm and comfortable home environment, we may be able to assist with the following measures:

  • Boiler replacements - due to breakdowns / energy inefficiency – including the loan of emergency portable heaters whilst work is on order
  • Boiler repairs up to £500
  • Boiler servicing
  • Installation of Thermostatic Radiator Valves to control room temperatures
  • Smart boiler / heating controls where appropriate
  • Damp proofing
  • Essential repairs linked to electrical and heating issues
  • Electrical upgrades and new installations
  • Double glazing of single glazed door and windows
  • Valves on LPG cylinders to meet new Building Control requirements
  • Dehumidifiers to mitigate condensation damp where appropriate
  • Small energy efficient electrical appliances where appropriate
  • Loft insulation when there is currently less than 100mm of insulation

All of the measures above are subject to a property survey, except for:

  • Boiler servicing
  • Valves on LPG cylinders to meet new Building Control requirements
  • Small energy efficient electrical appliances where appropriate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scheme, the homeowner must reside in the Peterborough unitary authority area. The homeowner must also be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Child Tax Credit / Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Or has:

  • A total annual gross household income less than £30,000

Contact

Email: careandrepair@peterborough.gov.uk
Phone: 01733 863 895

Warmer Homes Scheme

We are part of the Warmer Homes Scheme, a consortium of 21 local authorities delivering Government funding to improve energy efficiency of homes under the Sustainable Warmth Programme

There are two elements to this scheme:

Green Homes Grant - Local Authority Delivery (LAD)

This supports low-income households heated by mains gas to increase the comfort and warmth in their home. Householders are likely to be eligible for grant funding under this scheme if:

  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G (if an EPC hasn't been registered, the team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out) and either:
  • The household has an annual total household income of £30,000 or less, before housing costs / bills
    or:
  • The household receives a benefit listed under the ECO HHCRO criteria or is eligible under their local authority's ECO flexible eligibility statement of intent

Grants of up to £10,000 per property are available to homeowners. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for private rented property, with the landlord contributing at least 33% of the cost. Eligible measures include:

  • Loft, cavity, internal and external wall and under-floor insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Park Home insulation
  • Solar panels
  • Smart heating controls

Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

This supports low-income households in properties off the gas grid and heated by oil, electric panel or energy inefficient storage heaters, LPG or solid fuel where there is no fixed heating system. Households are likely to be eligible for funding under this scheme if:

  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G (if an EPC hasn't been registered, the team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out) and either:
  • The household has an annual total household income of £30,000 or less, before housing costs / bills
    or:
  • The household receives a benefit listed under the ECO HHCRO criteria or is eligible under their local authority's ECO flexible eligibility statement of intent

Grants of up to £25,000 per property are available to homeowners. Private landlords need to contribute at least 33% of the cost. Eligible measures include:

  • Loft, cavity, internal and external wall and under-floor insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Park Home insulation
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar panels
  • Smart heating controls
  • High Heat Retention Storage Heaters

You can find further information and full eligibility criteria for both funding streams by contacting Warmer Homes:

Telephone: 0800 038 5737
Email: info@warmerhomes.org.uk

Energy Company Obligation (ECO4)

The Government's ECO4 scheme aims to support the least energy-efficient homes in the UK. It focuses on low-income and vulnerable households.

To qualify, you must be a homeowner or private tenant and receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)
  • Child Benefit

ECO4 funding is available for several measures including:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Gas boiler replacement / upgrade
  • First time gas connection
  • Heating controls upgrade
  • Loft / room-in-roof insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • External insulation

Contact the Housing Programmes Team by email at housing.programmes@peterborough.gov.uk.

Local Authority ECO4 Flex Eligibility

Local authorities can identify households not on one of the means-tested benefits shown above but are likely to be in fuel poverty or are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. 

We issue declarations to energy efficiency companies if they identify a household which meets the criteria for LA ECO4 Flexible Eligibility which has been published in a statement of intent on our Home Energy Efficiency page.

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