Rochdale News | News Headlines | Greater Manchester advice service on how to cut energy bills and carbon

Date published: June 12, 2022

A new independent service backed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched to provide advice to locals on how to improve their homes in a greener and more affordable way.

Your Home, Better is an independent service provided by renovation experts, providing advice, planning and delivery to help reduce both the costs of people’s bills as well as the carbon emissions associated with energy and heating. domestic heating.

Experts can provide a ‘whole house’ assessment of homes and provide homeowners with a tailored plan – giving them information on how their home’s energy performance can be improved, what needs to be done and where. order. Your Home, Better does not offer grants or funding, but can identify sources that could help cover the costs of home energy projects.

It will initially focus on the 31% of Greater Manchester homeowners who have expressed a desire to pay for some form of renovation over the next five years with the appropriate insurance and support.

It will build on the £27million GMCA invested earlier this year through the Green Homes Grant, which supports low-income households in fuel poverty or at risk with grants of up to £10,000 to make their homes warmer, reduce their energy bills, and help protect the environment.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We in Greater Manchester are serious about making the changes necessary to achieve our goal of becoming a carbon neutral city-region by 2038, but it must be a fair transition. It means doing everything we can to help people along the journey to net zero carbon and to make the cost of living more affordable and greener.

“A big part of that is introducing energy-saving measures into people’s homes, while lowering their bills. The £27 million we are investing through our Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme has already enabled us to help over 1,000 of the most vulnerable households in our area by providing better insulated homes with modern and environmentally friendly heaters, low carbon and more affordable heating.

“Our new Your Home, Better renovation scheme will further strengthen our efforts and provide support for even more people in Greater Manchester who may not have been eligible for other aid.”

Councilor Neil Emmott, Area Leader for Green City and Waste and Recycling, said: “Renovation is an essential tool in our arsenal when it comes to reducing our emissions and future-proofing our homes and our companies.

“Installing energy efficiency upgrades reduces the carbon dependency of homes, but it can also help lower people’s bills – at a time when they need it most.”

For more information and to contact us, visit the Your Home, Better website.