MORE than 100 homes are being given a total of £415,000 of government funding to switch to more environmentally friendly heating systems, with Islanders being encouraged to apply for the incentives ahead of the colder months.
The initiative offers grants of up to £10,000 to help Islanders move away from fossil-fuel heating, which is the second-largest contributor to the Island’s greenhouse gas emissions, following transport.
Electric flow boilers, electric storage heaters, panel heaters and air source heat pumps all qualify for the scheme, which was launched in May and forms part of the government’s Carbon Neutral Roadmap.
The government said that over £415,000 worth of applications from 102 homes had been approved, with £128,450 of this money already being used.
Eligible homeowners can access up to £5,000 of matched funding to facilitate the switch to greener alternatives. Homeowners with low incomes who meet the scheme’s criteria will be able to access £10,000 worth of support without needing to match funds.
Assistant Environment Minister Hilary Jeune, who has responsibility for energy and climate change, said: ‘We’ve had really positive feedback from Islanders who have already accessed the scheme and made the switch to lower carbon ways of heating their homes.
‘I’m pleased with the way Islanders have embraced the scheme in these first few months, but I’m keen for more households to come forward, particularly at this time of year, to start the process ahead of the colder winter months.’
For more information on the scheme, including how to apply, visit gov.je/lowcarbonheat.