£2.2m secured to reduce East Lindsey's Carbon Footprint and help address fuel poverty

March 4, 2021

We have secured £2.2million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to implement a programme aimed at assisting homeowners and landlords to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their properties.

The funding, part of the Government's Green Home Grants, will be used by our Climate Change Team to establish a pilot scheme which aims to address fuel poverty issues and reduce the area's Carbon Footprint, through more energy efficient homes.

The pilot scheme will initially focus on properties in Skegness and Mablethorpe, where we'll be looking to improve the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of 300 properties across both areas by September 2021. The Team will be looking to target properties that currently have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G and hope to work with the owners of these properties to improve the rating to D or above.

We will work alongside a team of qualified energy assessors to identify the most energy efficient improvements for each property, but typical improvement works are likely to include external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, floor, and loft insulation. Grants of up to £10,000 will be available to owner-occupiers and up to £5,000 to landlords - with landlords being required to fund one third of the cost of works themselves.

Within our recently published Environment Policy and Carbon Reduction Plan, we identified a target aim of reducing our own emissions to net zero by 2040, alongside this we also made a commitment to act as a leader in carbon reduction in the District; this pilot scheme will help us build on that commitment, working with residents to reduce their carbon emissions and to better understand how they can achieve greater energy efficiency in their properties.

Councillor Graham Marsh, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Partnerships, said: "We have a clear commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and to helping others in East Lindsey understand how they can do the same, so I'm very pleased to have been awarded this funding and to have been given the opportunity to bring this scheme forwards."

Councillor Wendy Bowkett, Portfolio Holder for Communities, added: "Living in cold, energy inefficient properties can have serious implications for both your physical and mental health, especially if you are worrying whether or not you can afford to heat your home. Through this scheme we will not only be able to provide residents with properties that are more pleasant to live in but also, by working to make properties more energy efficient, residents will see the benefit of them being more affordable to live in."

It is hoped that further funding will be released by Government later in the year to expand the scheme across the District.

Further details of how to apply will be published when the scheme opens later this month. Those wishing to learn more before then can email greenhomesgrants@e-lindsey.gov.uk