Residents in Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Watford are in line for free energy improvements over the course of this year following successful funding bids totaling almost £2.7million.
Thanks to a government Green Homes Grant of £920,000 secured by Three Rivers District Council and Hertsmere Borough Council, and a further £1.758million secured by Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council, owners and tenants in more than 300 energy inefficient homes will be offered the chance to have home improvement measures.
The measures, worth up to £10,000 per household, could help residents save up to £500 on their energy bills per year. For landlords of qualifying households, grants will be available for measures worth up to £5,000.
The funding represents an important next step towards tackling fuel poverty, reducing energy use and lowering carbon emissions for all three local authorities. The councils have committed to achieving zero carbon emissions in their regions no later than 2050.
Councillor Phil Williams, lead member for environmental services and sustainability at Three Rivers District Council said: “This is brilliant news. Not only will this help reduce emissions from local homes and help us to achieve the net-zero carbon targets we have set to address climate change, but it will also help fuel poverty.
“Helping to improve the energy efficiency of lower-income homes with low energy ratings will reduce energy bills at a time when many are struggling financially.”
All three councils will soon be publishing further information on how to access funding for home improvements.