Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council (lead partner) and Southampton City Council successfully applied to the Central Heating Fund scheme managed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in July 2015.
Grant funding was available for local authorities and their partners to support low income and vulnerable households (private tenure) with the installation of first time central heating. This scheme was developed in line with central government priorities in terms of a ‘worst first’ approach for addressing fuel poverty and improving the energy efficiency of domestic properties to a minimum energy performance or SAP band rating of E by 2020.
“This has been a life changing experience for me. Before I had this help I was using a camping stove for my cooking and my only hot water came from boiling a kettle.
The project provided the partnership with an opportunity to identify vulnerable households across the county that could benefit from central heating. This opportunity was promoted under the Hitting the Cold Spots project (Hampshire County Council area), Southampton Healthy Homes (Southampton city) and through Private Sector Housing activities in Portsmouth.
We worked with the partnership to target and engage with households as well as acting as the main point of contact for those involved in the scheme in Southampton and Hampshire.
In total 98 households benefited from first time central heating: 58 in Hampshire, 20 in Portsmouth and 20 in Southampton. 10% of households supported were in rural areas. 91 households received gas central heating systems with the remaining 7 receiving LPG central heating systems. 29 households benefited from new connections to the mains gas network.
On average, households moved from an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) SAP band F to D, with an estimated annual carbon saving of 3.7TCO2 and an estimated annual energy bill saving of £793.
The value of work was £499,404 with £358,427 accessed from Central Heating Fund, Energy Company Obligation and other grant funding. £86,370 of grant funding was provided by the local authorities with the remaining balance covered by customer contributions.
“This winter will show how much new heating will affect my health. In the cold my aches and pains from fibromyalgia are much worse, so having a warm home will really help.