The UK has some of the draughtiest, least energy efficient housing in Europe. It's expensive to heat and contributes 20% of the UK's carbon footprint. The government wants millions of households to retrofit their homes with better insulation and low carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps.
We all want more comfortable homes that are cheaper to run but where to start? And where will the money come from? This is where PeCAN can help.
We will soon be launching Petersfield Area SuperHomes, a non-profit service offering whole-home retrofit assessments tailor-made for your home. The assessments have been developed by the National Energy Foundation to identify the best ways to insulate and heat your home. A retrofit assessment is the first step to dramatically lowering your home's carbon emissions and might lead to your home being rated by the National Energy Foundation as a SuperHome.
With Warmer Homes you might be eligible for a government funded scheme that could see your whole retrofit process organised and paid for. It's a very generous scheme only open to lower income households.
More details below.
PeCAN and the National Energy Foundation are offering subsidised whole home retrofit assessments to local households on a non-profit basis. These tailored assessments normally cost £750 or more but households will be able to get them for £500 or less. Both the reduced cost for able-to-pay and the additional subsidies for less-able-to-pay and vulnerable homeowners are provided by the Energy Redress Scheme to NEF and its partners, PeCAN and WinACC.
This scheme offers help with assessing, planning and installing retrofit measures worth up to £10,000. It is only available where household income is below £30,000 a year and the home has a low EPC rating.
Did you know:
The UK Government is expected to publish its Clean Heat strategy in the summer of 2021 with details of how it will reduce carbon emissions from the UK’s housing stock.
UK housing is among the least efficient in Europe and accounts for a fifth of the UK’s current carbon emissions.
The International Energy Agency in May 2021 made a global call for gas boilers not to be replaced beyond 2025 if the world is to meet the targets set in the Paris Agreement. IEA forecasts are used by governments around the world for policymaking.
The average Petersfield home emits 2.5 tonnes of carbon a year from gas central heating, equivalent to running one and half petrol cars. The national average is currently 1.7 tonnes.
In 2018, the proportion of UK inhabitants unable to keep their home adequately warm was 5.5% and the share of total population falling behind on utility bills was 5.4%, more than one in twenty.