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We also offer advice and information on renewable technologies, choosing more energy efficient appliances and changing behaviour to reduce energy bills.

For more information visit Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL).

Green Homes Grants Local Authority Delivery Scheme

The Government's 'Green Homes Grant' is now available to Preston City Council residents.

The grant is worth up to £10,000 per property and eligible measures are free for owner-occupiers. Landlords can apply, but a contribution will be expected in every case.

This means that you could get your home winter-ready and the Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) initiative will pick up the bill to help you get warmer, and stay warmer in future for less money. 

Greener Homes. Warmer Homes.

What is a Green Homes Grant?

In July 2020 the Government announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, £500 million of which was allocated to Local Authorities to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households by installing insulation measures and renewable heating technologies.

Funding has been secured by Blackpool Council on behalf of all 15 Lancashire Authorities with the aim of reducing fuel poverty across the County.

Therefore Preston City Council is now able to offer eligible residents access to the Green Home Grant, via its Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) initiative.

What is the Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) initiative?

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) is an Affordable Warmth Scheme initiative which was established by the 15 Local Authorities in Lancashire.

CHiL has a centralised Admin hub and acts and operates the scheme on behalf of all Lancashire Local Authorities. Rhea Projects Ltd has been procured to manage the delivery of the 'CHiL' initiative.

How much is the grant?

If you are a homeowner you may be entitled to receive up to £10,000 towards eligible measures to improve the energy efficiency of your property. Landlords are eligible to apply but will be expected to pay a contribution.

Preston City Council, as part of CHiL, wants to help you make your home greener and therefore better for the environment but most importantly, warmer.

The energy efficiency measures will also make it cheaper to heat your home in future too.

What improvements can you get with the grant?

If you and your property are eligible, the following energy efficient measures may be covered by the grant:

  • Insulation (solid wall insulation, loft/cavity, room in roof and under floor)
  • Renewable heating technologies
  • Energy efficient external doors and window upgrades (single glazed to double glazed)

Might you be eligible for the grant?

You may be eligible if:

  • your property has a low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of band D, E, F or G.
  • you own the home (including shared ownership and park homes on residential sites)
  • you are in receipt of any benefits
  • you are a residential Landlord
  • the occupants of the home have a combined gross annual household income of less than £30,000 per year and have savings under £16,000.

The quickest and easiest way to check your eligibility and to apply is via the Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) website.

What happens if you live in rented accommodation?

The grant is also available to landlords in order to help them upgrade the property you are living in, thereby making the property greener and warmer. Ultimately it will increase the value of the property.

We are encouraging all our residents who are struggling to heat their home in winter, to speak to their Landlord today and tell them about the grant.

How do you find the energy efficiency rating for your home?

There's a handy website tool at GOV.UK - Find an Energy Certificate which will help you find out the EPC rating for your property. If your property has never had an EPC survey then we can do this through the scheme.

Quality of Work

All work undertaken will be in accordance with current Government Retrofit standards (PAS 2035.2019) and will be carried out by Trustmark-registered installers for your peace of mind.

When does the scheme end?

The scheme launched on 22 March 2021 and runs until September 2022.

You must act fast to find out if you're eligible or you may miss out.

How do you apply?

You can apply online at Cosy Homes in Lancashire - Register Your Details or call our local rate number (03306 061 488 ) so we can establish your eligibility and explain the process to you.

Surveys will be carried out at no cost to you and by one of our Council-approved energy and heating specialists.

Following the survey, recommendations will be made to you about the most suitable energy efficiency improvements for your home to improve the thermal comfort and save you money on future energy bills.

Contact CHiL today on 03306 061 488 or visit Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL)

Boiler efficiency database

Information relating to boiler efficiency including the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (SEDBUK) ratings is available on the Boiler Efficiency Database website.

Heating and hot water (central heating)

The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council website will help you get the best from your central heating system. It offers advice on what to do when it goes wrong and provides you with contact details of manufacturers of boilers and other components, as well as installers in your area. They can provide you with sound advice and a professional service when you need it.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy comes from sources which will not run out, for example the wind or the sun. It is clean energy which does not produce harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide which contribute to climate change.

There is a variety of different renewable technologies available to homeowners. However, if you are considering installing a system you should be aware that depending on your house location some systems may not be suitable.

It is also important to ensure your home is very well insulated before considering these technologies.

Types of renewable energy

  • Wind energy
  • Solar hot water heating (also called solar thermal)
  • Solar electricity (Photovoltaic Panels)
  • Ground or air source heat pumps
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Hydro

Get paid to generate renewable energy

  • Feed-in Tariffs (FITs)
  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) 

For further information about possible grants and funding please visit the Cosy Homes in Lancashire website.

Summary of energy efficiency actions taken to improve housing

The Home Energy Conservation Act requires all local authorities to make a declaration every two years summarising the actions they are taking or supporting to improve the energy efficiency of housing within their area. You can view the returns submitted by Preston City Council below.

Icon for pdf Home Energy Conservation Act Report Questionnaire May 2021 [129.01KB]

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