News release from 28/01/2022

Hundreds to benefit from improved energy efficiency

Nearly 400 homes across Cambridgeshire will benefit from improved energy efficiency thanks to government funding of more than £6.5 million.

Action on Energy Cambridgeshire – a collaboration between Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Fenland District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council – has successfully secured grant funding from the Government’s Sustainable Warmth Competition designed to support improvements to low income, low energy efficiency rated homes.

The latest funds will support Cambridgeshire residents on low incomes who are living in energy inefficient homes (EPCs - Energy Performance Certificate - of D and below) to reduce energy bills and support national targets of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while it will also create more skilled jobs and training opportunities.

It will enable the installation of various energy saving measures including loft, cavity wall and external wall insulation, solar panel systems and air source heat pumps.

Action on Energy was previously awarded more than £2 million in February 2021 to deliver domestic energy efficiency improvements. This scheme is currently open to residents on lower incomes and living in homes with poor energy efficiency. Cambridgeshire residents are able to register their interest in this scheme or Sustainable Warmth by contacting their local district council.

Cllr Lorna Dupré, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Environment & Green Investment Committee, said: “We have made significant efforts in recent years to retrofit homes to make them more energy efficient, which is a benefit both to the environment and to residents. The new funding is recognition from the Government that we are making good progress with this which we will now look to continue.”

Cllr Bridget Smith, leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Being green to our core has been one of our main priorities for years and so this is really welcome news. We are doing all we can to support and encourage residents to make their homes more energy efficient, and in turn make them more affordable to live in. Retrofitting homes to reduce their carbon footprint is a key way of tackling the climate emergency, so if you are eligible for this scheme, I’d encourage you to apply as soon as possible.”

Cllr Julia Huffer, climate change champion at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We have made significant efforts in recent years to retrofit homes to make them more energy efficient. This new funding will enable us to provide insulation and warmth to another 115 homes in East Cambridgeshire, including 40 park homes, helping to benefit the environment and local residents.”

Cllr Marge Beuttell, executive councillor for operations and environment at Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “We are pleased to have secured this funding from government to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and affordable to live in as well as being better for the environment. If you are eligible for this scheme then please do apply as soon as possible.”

Cllr Samantha Hoy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for housing, added: “In Fenland we are already seeing the benefits of work to improve the energy efficiency of social housing, thanks to our Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) demonstrator project with Clarion Housing. So it’s great news to see even more government investment locally as it will help to roll out these types of retrofit upgrades even further. Fuel poverty is a real issue for many people, but by making homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, it’s one that we can help to tackle head on.”

Cllr Rosy Moore, Cambridge City Council’s executive councillor for climate change, environment and the city centre, said: “The Cambridgeshire local authorities have again been successful in securing government funding to support energy efficiency improvements to homes. This is of particular importance when energy bills are rising and energy efficiency improvements are the most effective way to reduce energy demand, protect against rising fuel costs, while also taking the first steps to achieving net zero."