This scheme is currently closed, however we are hoping to open the scheme again in 2019. Warmer Homes in Coventry offers help with home insulation and heating improvements for residents who are struggling to afford to stay warm.
Residents could receive contributions towards the cost of the following improvements if they meet certain criteria:
In some cases, residents may be able to get help for free.
Warmer Homes in Coventry uses funding from energy suppliers under the Government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The Council will be running the scheme in partnership with a contractor - they will access the ECO funding from suppliers and will be responsible for installing the insulation and heating improvements. You don't need to be a customer of any particular energy supplier to be eligible for ECO funding.
To find out whether you can get help, you'll first of all need to complete an enquiry form for the Council's Affordable Warmth Team. They will pass your details to the contractor if it looks like you meet the criteria. The final decision about what improvements can be offered and any cost to the resident will be made by the contractor. They will need to arrange a survey of your home with you to make this decision.
There are two main sets of criteria that will be used under the scheme;
Under this part of ECO, residents can be considered for help if they are an owner occupier or privately rent their home and are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
If you claim Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit your eligibility will depend on your income.
If you don't meet the criteria for Help to Heat, you might well be able to get help under the much broader criteria of Local Authority Flexible Eligibility instead.
To be considered under this you'll need to be an owner occupier or private tenant who is:
For more details of 1) - 3) above you'll need to look at the Council's Statement of Intent.
If you need to access any previous versions of our Statement of Intent you can do so here.
The help you can get will depend on a number of things.
The amount of ECO funding an energy supplier is willing to pay towards insulation and heating measures will be affected by the lifetime energy cost savings, or carbon savings, that the measures will contribute towards them meeting their ECO targets. As a result of this the funding will vary for different property types, sizes and heating systems.
We understand that if an owner is required to make a financial contribution towards the cost of insulation or heating, they may not always be able to afford it. The Council therefore has a limited amount of money to meet some or all of an owner's contribution in individual cases.
The money will be allocated for owner occupied and privately rented homes in the following way:
Here's three examples of the help that could be available:
1. Gas Boiler replacement
Mary and her family live in an average-sized 3 bedroomed semi-detached house and needs a new efficient gas boiler for her central heating system. She receives Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance. Providing it's a straightforward replacement, it won't cost Mary anything to have it replaced under Warmer Homes in Coventry after the Council has helped with her contribution.
2. External wall insulation
Upkhar lives in an average-sized 3 bedroomed mid-terrace house with solid walls and has got electric storage heaters. He's not receiving benefits but is on a low income and his house has a Band E rated Energy Performance Certificate showing that it's hard to heat. He could save around £160 a year on his fuel bills by having external wall insulation fitted. After the Council has helped with his contribution, the cost to him under Warmer Homes in Coventry will be £694.
3. Cavity wall insulation
Tom lives in an average-sized 3 bedroomed end-terrace house with uninsulated cavity walls, and has got gas central heating. He's not receiving benefits and has 2 children under the age of 18 living with him. Under Warmer Homes in Coventry the cavity wall insulation would be installed at no cost to Tom.
If you have any questions, please call the Affordable Warmth Team.