SELCE are working with Lewisham Council and co-operative installers Retrofit Works to bring residents home energy efficiency improvements including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and more!
Book a home visit today to find out if you are eligible for:
- Free loft insulation
- Free cavity wall insulation
- A replacement efficient boiler if your current boiler is old, broken or isn’t working properly
You may be eligible if you:
- Your household income after tax and housing costs have been paid is less than £26,274
- Live within certain parts of Lewisham and struggle to keep warm at home
And you or someone in your household:
- Has certain health conditions which are exacerbated by living in a cold home
- Use a pre-payment meter for your gas or electricity consumption
- Spend most of the day at home
- Are in receipt of income related benefits
We’ll need to book an appointment to come to your home. To book an appointment click here. We’ll ask a few questions to assess your eligibility for free home energy improvements, and take a look around to see what help we can provide to keep you warm and well. Both homeowners and tenants living in private rental accommodation can apply. If you are a tenant you will need the permission of your landlord to go ahead. If you are a homeowner or a tenant click here
Landlords can apply on behalf of their tenants, but you will need to get the permission of your tenants for us to get in touch and book an assessment with them. If you are a landlord, click here
What does an assessment involve?
We’ll arrange a time for one of the ECO Project team (Donna Hayter, ECO project manager or one of the team of volunteers) to visit you at home and work out whether you are eligible for home energy improvements for Free. The visit should take less than one hour and we usually do visits on a Wednesday evening or a Monday during the day.
Who pays for the measures?
The measures are paid for through the ECO Scheme (Energy Companies Obligation). ECO is a Government-led energy efficiency funded by energy suppliers. It aims to reduce the amount of wasted energy from homes and help people to keep warm and well in winter. It makes energy more affordable, for the customers and homes that need it most, by offering funding for insulation, heating improvements and other energy saving measures.
Who is eligible?
The scheme aims to help anyone living in their own homes or who are renting privately and need the help: those who live in a property that doesn’t hold in the heat and who find it a struggle to pay for the energy efficiency improvements themselves, or who have got pre-existing health conditions and there. Click on the link above to apply for an assessment to find out more.
What if I rent my home from a private landlord?
That’s fine! You can still apply for measures. You will just need the permission of your landlord to go ahead with installing the improvements we identify.
What’s the deal for landlords?
You can apply for home energy improvements for your property as long as your tenants are eligible and you have their permission.
What’s the benefit of cavity wall insulation?
Around a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home goes through the walls! Heat flows from a warm area to a cold one. In winter, the colder it is outside, the faster heat from your home will escape into the surrounding air. If this is the case then you’re paying good money to heat the outside air, instead of just heating your home!
If your home was built after 1920, the chances are its external walls are made of two layers with a gap or cavity between them. Cavity wall insulation fills that gap, keeping the warmth in. This saves energy as well as helping to reduce condensation inside the house if this is a problem on your external walls. Cavity wall insulation can cost as much as £720* but you can get it for free from our ECO project. It could save you up to £227* per year so apply today.
What’s the benefit of loft insulation?
Heat rises, and in an uninsulated home up to a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to keep in heat; making it feel warmer and more comfortable plus you could save up to £150* per year. Many lofts are already insulated but could benefit from a top-up of insulation
Can you help with heating?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for 55% of your energy use. By replacing your old gas boiler with a new high efficiency A-rated condensing boiler you’ll cut your energy bills by as much as £254 per year.
If your boiler is working absolutely fine, there’s no need to replace it. However, if you have an old, inefficient or broken boiler, or you currently have no central heating – gas fired or otherwise – you may be eligible for a replacement or installation of a new system.
* Savings based on a specific property and depends on a large number of factors – savings quoted just a guide for the potential energy and cost savings