Council-backed scheme helps residents keep warm this winter

Barnsley residents are being urged to stay warm, safe and well this winter with the help of council-backed energy efficiency scheme, Better Homes Barnsley. The scheme offers support to homeowners and private tenants – especially those with young children, the elderly and those with certain health conditions to live in warmer, healthier homes and reduce the cost of fuel bills.

Hundreds of residents across the borough have already benefitted from the scheme, and are now enjoying the benefits of a brand new boiler fitted by a Which? trusted trader. Lisa, a Hoyland resident, benefitted from a new gas central heating system installed through the scheme. Lisa found getting her previous coal back boiler replaced with a modern combi boiler offered “lots of bonuses in one”. She also saved money on her energy bills. Lisa said: “I don’t have to find £90 every fortnight and I’ve not had as many chest infections as before”.

Studies have shown that having a cold home has a negative impact on people’s health, making conditions such as asthma and COPD worse. Heating a home to between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius can help to reduce these problems. A new highly energy efficient boiler can also save households up to £300, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “As part of the council’s Warm Homes Campaign, we want to encourage as many residents as possible to get in touch to find out what help is available and what they can do to keep themselves and their family warm and well this winter. From grants and finance options for those on low incomes, to hints and tips on how to keep warm and reduce your energy bills, there is something for everyone. For a limited time, we are also offering grants for new, first-time gas central heating systems for homeowners and partial grants towards central heating systems for private rented properties, meaning landlords could have a system installed for as little as £1,500.”

To celebrate the launch of the council’s Warm Homes Campaign and the continued success of the Better Homes Barnsley scheme, Barnsley residents can register their interest to win a free boiler before Tuesday 17 December, courtesy of Better Homes Barnsley’s heating contractor, Scarbrook Plumbing and Heating. This competition is open to residents who own a property and private renters within the borough of Barnsley and are on a household income of less than £20,000 per year. The boiler must be installed within the district of Barnsley in a home with a low energy efficiency rating.

To enter the competition and find out more information including the full terms and conditions visit: https://bit.ly/2zUPQtd

To find out more on Better Homes Barnsley and different finance options available to help residents heat their homes, visit: www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk or call 0800 597 1500.

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