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More people can enjoy a warmer home for less through the release of £70m of Government funds which residents can bid for directly.

NKDC’s SustainNK is urging NK residents to apply for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) after it opened to new applications from midday today (Monday).

Based on the popularity of previous funding rounds, it is advisable to be in as quickly as possible for a share.

Grants of up to £5,600 are available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing certain energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.

Executive Board Member with oversight for energy matters, Coun Richard Wright, said more than 25,000 households across the country had already received a voucher for The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund since its launch in June 2014.

This time the finances available have been increased for domestic energy customers to receive: up to £3,750 for installing solid wall insulation; and/or up to £1,250 for installing two measures from an approved list; up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment; and up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

The money is available until all the funding is allocated. The first time it was done £120m went in six weeks and last time £24m went within 48 hour and so this fund may not last much longer than a week.

“Over and above our ongoing promotion of sustainability, energy efficiency and Energy Switch in order to cut bills, it isa delight to promote initiatives such as this which help residents to carry out positive change that makes a lasting difference for lower bills and warmer homes,” said Coun Wright.

To complete the two-stage application process, householders will need:

A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old;

A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures; and

Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only) Householders are encouraged to get more than one quote, particularly when they are having expensive work done, to make sure they are getting the best deal available.

The initiative is also good for businesses, with more than 1,100 Green Deal authorised businesses currently registered to provide work under the scheme.

For more information, see how the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund works and how to apply.

Call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, or Saturday, 10am to 2pm