Central heating funding available for Banbury residents this winter

Funding for a gas connection and central heating system may be available for residents from gas distribution network SGN in a scheme backed by Cherwell District Council.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:13 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:47 pm
File photo dated 27/12/2006 of a central heating time clock

Letters from SGN are being distributed to homes without a gas connection in Banbury for their Help to Heat scheme which will fully fund a gas connection for the majority of eligible residents living near a supply.

Residents currently using electric storage heaters, coal or wood burners could save hundreds of pounds per year with a new energy efficient heating system.

Householders who receive certain benefits or have a low household income in relation to their energy bills may qualify for funding.

In addition, residents will be eligible for funding if they are on a low income and are either over 60, have children under five, have a health condition affected by the cold or live in a hard to heat home.

SGN have appointed award-winning community interest company YES Energy Solutions to manage the scheme and assess customers for available funding. Marie Jones, Fuel Poverty Stakeholder Engagement Manager at SGN, said: “If you’re struggling to stay affordably warm this winter, our Help to Heat scheme may be able to help and we’d urge you to get in touch.

“Through our Help to Heat scheme, we can help residents connect to a more affordable fuel to make their homes warmer and more comfortable.

“For households relying on solid fuel or electric storage heaters, the Help to Heat scheme is a route to cheaper fuel bills from a more efficient heating system.”

Residents who think they may be eligible for the scheme are advised to call the Help to Heat team on freephone 0800 015 5174.