Fylde Residents Energy Efficiency (FREE)

Fylde council is running a government backed scheme to improve the energy efficiency of eligible households. The aim is to help residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes whilst reducing energy bills, carbon emissions, and levels of fuel poverty. Fylde Council’s role is to assess the eligibility of a household and this information is then passed onto our Fylde approved company, Wise Energy (our statement of intent can be found here)who is responsible for issuing the funding, appointing contractors, or installing the works.

ECO4 and ECO-Flex

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) focuses on supporting low-income and vulnerable and fuel poor households through installation of insulation and heating measures. The scheme aims to reduce fuel poverty and energy bills in the long-term and reduce carbon emissions. This scheme will run in Fylde from November 7th 2022 until 31 March 2026.

If you do not receive a qualifying benefit then you might still qualify through ECO’s flexible eligibility mechanism, known as ECO Flex. To be assessed for ECO Flex you must complete and sign a short application form that is then submitted to us, at this time, we will only accept applications from our approved companies Wise Energy www.wiseenergy.co.uk and Grant Store | ECO, OZEV and M&E Specialists (grant-store.com).

Affordable Warmth Grant

Fylde has funding for the Affordable Warmth Grant to deliver interventions during the winter months. These interventions will be aimed at the most vulnerable on the lowest income to improve the energy efficiency of homes and reduce the cost of fuel bills. The scheme is a fixed funding stream and will run until 31st March 2023 or sooner should funding become exhausted.

Who can get the Affordable Warmth Grant?

All applicants must be a homeowner over the age of 18

You will qualify if:

  • You are in receipt of a means tested benefit or,
  • You have a household income of less than £31,000 and your household savings are less than £12,000

And one of the following vulnerabilities

  • You are in receipt of a Disabled Facility Grant award having passed the means test
  • You have a long term health condition that means you are clinically extremely vulnerable (such as diagnosed respiratory conditions in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)     
  • You are pregnant or you have a child under the age of 5 
  • You are unable to return home from hospital until a working heating system is in place
  • You are 65 and older
  • You are terminally ill

You can apply for up to £2,000 per household towards the cost of:

  • Servicing, repairs and replacement boilers and heating systems and associated works, including controls and replacement of unsafe heating appliances
  • Repairs to and new radiators and radiator reflectors
  • Loft Insulation
  • Failed Glazing Improvements (this will be at the discretion of the council)
  • Emergency heating and dehumidifiers including portable heaters on loan whilst heating systems are repaired
  • Advice on fuel poverty -advice to reduce costs through fuel switching, income maximisation, income maximisation, managing fuel bills & debts, warm home checks
  • Emergency Top up fuel cards / vouchers
  • Carbon monoxide monitors

Affordable Warmth Grant Plus 

Fylde has been awarded funding to provide interventions aimed at the most vulnerable on low to middle income to improve the energy efficiency of homes and reduce the cost of fuel bills.

Who can get the Affordable Warmth Grant Plus

All applicants must be a homeowner over the age of 18

You will qualify if:

  • You have a household income of less than £45,000 and your household savings are less than £12,000

And one of the following vulnerabilities

  • You are in receipt of a Disabled Facility Grant award having passed the means test
  • You have a long term health condition that means you are clinically extremely vulnerable (such as diagnosed respiratory conditions in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)     
  • You are pregnant or you have a child under the age of 5 
  • You are unable to return home from hospital until a working heating system is in place
  • You are 65 and older
  • You are terminally ill

Costs covered by the affordable warmth grant include:

You can apply for up to £2,000 per household towards the cost of:

  • Servicing, repairs and replacement boilers and heating systems and associated works, including controls and replacement of unsafe heating appliances
  • Repairs to and new radiators and radiator reflectors
  • Loft Insulation
  • Failed Glazing Improvements (this will be at the discretion of the council)
  • Emergency heating and dehumidifiers including portable heaters on loan whilst heating systems are repaired
  • Advice on fuel poverty -advice to reduce costs through fuel switching, income maximisation, income maximisation, managing fuel bills & debts, warm home checks
  • Emergency Top up fuel cards / vouchers
  • Carbon monoxide monitors

All approved applications will be contacted by one of the authorised AFW contractors, Wise Energy, Grant Store, or Lytham Windows to arrange a survey. Housing Services will receive a copy of the quotation for approval. Approved quotations must be in accordance with Affordable Warmth allocation Guidance where an affordable warmth need has been identified, and are approved at Fylde Councils discretion.

Disabled Facilities Grant

The disabled facilities grant is a mandatory “means tested” financial grant. It helps meet the cost of adapting a property where a disabled person lives.

These are subject to an assessment by an Occupational Therapist which can be arranged by contacting Lancashire County Council on 0300 123 6720.