The government has announced that around 50,000 homes are set to benefit from a £562m funding boost for green improvements, as part of their Green Homes Grant and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund schemes.
The funding will be shared amongst local authorities across England and Scotland, enabling a nationwide upgrade of the UK’s least energy-efficient and fuel-poor homes. Over 8,000 energy sector jobs are expected to be support annually, with projects including improvements to cavity wall, underfloor and loft insulation, as well as replacing gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives such as heat pumps.
With domestic properties accounting for around 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions, it’s great to see investment being injected into the green energy industry. Together, the schemes are predicted to help cut over 70,000 tonnes of carbon annually – the equivalent of the carbon footprint produced by around 9,000 UK homes.
Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP commented: “The challenges involved in improving the energy efficiency of our homes and reducing carbon emissions are substantial. However, the investment being announced along with our Future Homes Standard will help ensure that existing and newly built homes will be fit for the future, better for the environment and affordable for households to heat using low carbon energy.”
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