Fareham residents can once again apply for free upgrades, worth up to £38,000 per household, to make their homes more energy efficient with the warmer homes programme.

Earlier this year, a group of 23 local authorities, led by Portsmouth City Council, successfully bid for £41.4 million in funding from the government. This money aims to help lower income households that don’t have gas central heating.

If your home is not very energy efficient and lacks gas central heating, you can apply for the Warmer Homes programme. You may be eligible for free home upgrades that could save you money on your energy bills. These upgrades include things like better insulation, air source heat pumps, and solar panels.

By applying to Warmer Homes, you can have these improvements installed in your home for free. For example, solar panels usually cost £6,000 to install, but you won’t have to pay anything for them through this funding, and they can save you over £500 per year. Solid wall insulation, which can cost up to £10,000, can also be installed for free and save you up to £500 a year. Air source heat pumps, which are worth £14,000, can be installed for free and save you up to £1,000 a year. By taking part in this programme, you get these installations at no cost, and they will help you save money on your energy bills.

Executive Member for Planning and Development Cllr Simon Martin said: “I am really pleased to be able to offer this funding once again to eligible homes. Not only does this funding help local people reduce their household bills. But it also helps to reduce carbon emissions across Fareham. This is a first-come first-served programme. So I would encourage residents to go to the website and see if they are eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

John Moores from Warmer Homes said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded further funding to support more homes through the Warmer Homes programme. We’ve already helped many households keep warm and healthy whilst reducing their energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of their home. In the last year alone, the Warmer Homes programme has installed fully funded heat pumps, solar panels and insulation that will deliver £10m in lifetime bill savings, an average annual saving of £251 per household and has abated over 50,000 tonnes of CO2.”

This scheme is available now and will be open until 2025. Apply today by visiting the Warmer Homes website www.warmerhomes.org.uk/apply or calling the freephone number on 0800 038 5757.