Grants to help install central heating

Wealden District Council and Affordable Warmth Solutions has money to help owner occupiers and private landlords install central heating in rural homes which do not have a full central heating system.

The scheme applies to all villages in Wealden that are not on the mains gas grid. The occupants should be in receipt of some form of benefit.

The Council is particularly interested in hearing from private landlords.

Landlords can expect grants for an oil-fired boiler and other fittings which should cover around 70% of the overall cost. Home owners will be fully funded. Money from the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund is available to install central heating in up to 40 homes. Cold homes can aggravate existing health problems particularly if you are over 65. Being too cold can increase the risk of trips and falls, as well as heart attacks and strokes. Indoor temperatures should be kept to at least 18o C.

“We think of central heating as a given today, but we believe there are more than 400 homes in the District that still do not have it,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for housing at Wealden District Council. “This scheme is aimed at households in rural areas which receive some form of benefit. They are likely to be having to use expensive heaters and fires which will be failing to maintain a warm home.”

Contact Wealden District Council on 01323 443322 or email to arrange an installation survey.

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