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BEIS awards Bristol City Council £2.6m to make homes sustainable

Bristol and North Somerset residents could get financial help to have energy saving measures installed in their homes after Bristol City Council was awarded £2.6m by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to create a local version of the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

The funding will enable hundreds of residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the new council scheme, which has been named Bright Green Homes.

Funding is available to residents of Bristol and North Somerset for the installation of underfloor, loft and cavity wall insulation, as well as solar PV or solar thermal renewable technologies.

This could mean up to £10k of energy saving measures for each household, if eligible, delivered free of charge.

Bristol City Council’s Energy Service will also work with residents to identify any other free and low-cost energy saving options to help further reduce energy bills.

Available until the end of September 2021, citizens have an opportunity to register for funding before 31 July, but remains limited to around 200 homes in Bristol.

Commenting, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Energy and Transport, Councillor Kye Dudd said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in our application for this much needed funding to support our efforts to reduce fuel poverty and decarbonise Bristol homes.

“We know that tackling household emissions will have a big part to play in our continuing journey to become a carbon neutral city by 2030, and schemes like this can have a tremendous impact for reducing household energy bills.

“We are also really pleased to be working with community groups like the Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts (C.H.E.E.S.E) Project to support Bright Green Homes with specialist thermal imaging technology, so that we can clearly see the impact of the energy interventions that we deliver.”

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