Chichester District Council – free membership – Superhomes Network
Chichester District Council is offering free membership for a year to the SuperHomes Network for the first 40 people to register.
The SuperHomes Network is a membership organisation to help people learn about insulation, solar and heat pumps before committing to having any work done. It provides an opportunity to ask questions from retrofit experts through regular webinars. Membership normally costs £50 per year. If you are interested in taking advantage of the free membership offer you can enter your details on their Join the Network page – you do not need to fill in any further payment details after the first page. It will ask you for payment details but ignore this. They will have your name and address and see the Chichester postcode and contact you about the free membership offer and their next ‘Welcome to the SuperHomes’ webinar is next Tuesday 25 April, 4.30-6pm.
SuperHomes, which is run by the National Energy Foundation, are working with Petersfield Climate Action Network (PeCAN) to deliver Whole House Retrofit Plans in East Hampshire and Chichester Districts. Through SuperHomes, a Whole House Retrofit Plan costs £500 for a typical 3 bedroom property and £600 for larger homes. However PeCAN have a special offer for properties in council tax bands A-D where the costs is reduced to £250 up until September 2023.
A Whole House Retrofit Plan involves a Retrofit Coordinator assessing your property and providing a detailed plan showing how energy efficient your property is now, what it can achieve and then outlining a phased guide to work you could do to improve the energy efficiency of your property. This helps you do work in the right order and to plan and save for the work to be done.
If you are interested to learn more about retrofitting your home, but do not wish to use SuperHomes, TrustMark have a useful guide to Retrofit plus videos: Retrofitting Your Home – Making Homes More Energy Efficient (trustmark.org.uk) and you can find accredited Retrofit Coordinators via their ‘Find a Tradesperson’ database.
A reminder that the next round of the Solar Together group buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage will open on 1 May with deadline for submitting an application on 27 May. You can register your interest at any time. You will be asked to fill in details about your property and after the round closes you will be sent a no obligation quote. You do not need to go ahead but can compare if this gives you a cheaper option than other installers. To find alternative quotes from local installers we recommend that you find an installer accredited through the MCS scheme.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme:
If you are looking to replace a fossil fuel heating systems (such as oil, gas or electric) you can get £5,000 towards an air source heat pump or a biomass boiler, or £6,000 towards a ground source heat pump. You would need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)with no recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation. If you don’t have an EPC it costs between £60-100 http://www.gov.uk/get-new-energy-certificate. For information about the Boiler Upgrade scheme see Apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme: Check if you’re eligible – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Grants for those on low incomes:
For those living in households with an total household income under £31,000 they may be eligible for grants to cover the costs of insulation, solar and heat pumps. For further information see https://www.warmerhomes.org.uk/
Click here to download the Chichester District Council Energy Grants support leaflet here (PDF download)