Wakefield Council to launch Low Carbon Heating Scheme

Wakefield Council have secured £1.4million of funding to upgrade energy inefficient homes of low-income households across the district.

The Wakefield Low Carbon Heating Scheme will be delivered between January 2022 and March 2023 and will provide 75 fully funded lower carbon air source heat pumps to 75 owner occupied residents, along with other measures including loft and cavity wall insulation and solar PV systems, which will also be provided by the grant.

Darren Byford smiling
Cllr Darren Byford

It will be targeted at low-income homes with the poorest energy efficiency that are off the gas network or who do not have gas heating. It aims to remove expensive and inefficient electric and solid fuel heating.

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Property, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding to make households in our district warmer and heathier. We know that energy inefficient homes are expensive to run and leave some people struggling to pay their energy bills so this innovative scheme will go a long way to help reduce the risk of fuel poverty. It will also help to reduce domestic carbon emissions in our fight against climate change.”

The scheme will be delivered next year by the Council’s approved contractors via Better Homes Yorkshire.

This funding has been provided through the Government’s Home Upgrade Grant.