Barnsley Council has been successful in a bid for more than a quarter of a million pounds from the National Grid's Warm Homes Fund.
This means that the council can continue to deliver first-time gas central heating systems to a further 123 private sector households on low incomes over the next two years.
The funding will also be available to landlords, who will be asked to contribute just £750 towards the cost. All works will be delivered through the existing Better Homes Barnsley scheme.
This funding will be used alongside the new Affordable Warmth capital programme to help tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency and reduce fuel bills for residents, particularly in the homes of those who also have a long-term illness.
One resident from Thurgoland, who has benefitted from the scheme previously, said: “I saw a leaflet adverting the Warm Homes Fund through Barnsley Council, so I got in touch with them and after a few questions I was told I qualified for the funding.
“I was amazed that it only took the installers a day to put the new central heating system in along with 11 new radiators. I now have a radiator in every room, including all bedrooms and the bathroom which I’ve never had before.
“You don’t realise just how efficient gas central heating is until you see your first bill. My first bill has showed a saving of nearly 50 per cent and the house is so much warmer. It's brilliant to be able to control the heating at a touch of a button and have hot water readily available.
“I would highly recommend getting in touch with the Better Homes team just to see if you qualify for the funding, I never thought I would, and I now have a new central heating system where my home has never been warmer.”
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "With more than 12,000 homes across Barnsley living in fuel poverty, this much-needed funding will help us to make a difference for some of our most vulnerable residents who live in private sector housing.
“We want all residents in Barnsley to have a home that is warm and safe to live in and this is a further step towards achieving that goal.”
Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability for Better Homes Yorkshire, said: “Around four million homes in the UK are suffering from fuel poverty so we’re very excited about this new funding which will help reduce this figure by providing free gas central heating systems across Barnsley.
“This is the ideal time for a heating upgrade and we hope many properties across Barnsley will be warmer this winter thanks to the Warm Homes Fund.”
To see if you qualify for a new Central Heating System, please call the Better Homes Barnsley Team on 0800 597 1500.
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