Wellbeing home service
Keeping warm and well
Our Wellbeing Home service is here to help you Keep Warm and Keep Well. The free, friendly service aims to make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and save you money.
So if your home is cold and damp, if you are suffering from health problems, if you are worried about your heating bills, you could be eligible for a free Home Energy Visit from our qualified energy experts. The service is available to home owners and private rented properties.
For more information email Chichester Wellbeing or call us on 01243 521041.
Chichester warm homes initiative
Chichester District Council has identified that many properties within the district have inadequate heating and insulation, and a proportion of our residents are experiencing fuel poverty. The Council is therefore offering an interest-free loan to homeowners and landlords to improve the standard of heating and insulation within their properties.
Financial assistance in the form of an interest-free loan, shown as a charge on the property is available to homeowners and tenants who have less than £16,000 in savings and have a household income of less than £20,000.
Home owners are eligible for the full cost of the required works, up to a maximum of £5,000 for a gas fired boiler or £8,000 in the case of an off gas property and this is repayable on sale of the property.
In the case of tenants, landlords must pay the first £1,000 and the remaining £4,000 would be funded by the Chichester Warm Home Initiative. Financial assistance would need to be repaid if the property was sold within 10 years of the funding approval being issued. Furthermore throughout the 10 year condition period, the property must remain tenanted
Are you eligible for the Warm Home Dscount?
The Warm Home Discount, could save you £140 off your electric bill. If you are eligible, the rebate will be credited to your electric account after the winter.
The discount has a ‘core’ group of eligible households and a ‘broader’ group. The ‘core’ group are those that receive the guarantee element of the Pension Credit, who should automatically receive the rebate. The 'broader group' are vulnerable customers on a low income, however the eligibility criteria for this is different with each supplier. If you think you’re in the ‘broader’ group you must submit an application directly to your energy supplier. If you are on a low income and have a child who is born on or after 1st April 2008, you could possibly get a £140 discount on your electricity bill this winter through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The discount is available even if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.
Don’t delay applying as the ‘broader’ schemes run on a first come first served basis. Not all suppliers are obliged to offer the discount so check today to see if you are eligible. You need to check with your supplier if you meet their criteria to apply, either via their customer service phone number, or by going to their website and searching for Warm Home Discount. You can also give us a call at the Wellbeing Home programme on 01243 521041 and our Home Energy Visitor will be able to advise you.