Lambeth: Ways to cut your Energy Bills & Become Greener

Lambeth Council has introduced a set of projects, incentives and Government help to encourage more sustainable habits.
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Bikes, boilers and green homes. Lambeth Council has introduced a set of projects, incentives and Government help to support the community through the energy crisis, and to encourage more sustainable habits.

Green Homes Grant

What and why?

The Green Homes Grant Scheme (funded by the Government Department for BEIS) has been put in place by Lambeth Council to help residents to reduce their monthly costs and to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The improvements to Lambeth homes could include new wall, floor, loft and roof insulation, renewable heating systems and double glazing. Overall these changes could help to save households big chunks of money every year. They’ll also help to tackle Lambeth’s biggest contributor to carbon emissions.

How does it work?

The grant will be available to the borough’s coldest and least energy-efficient homes. Homes will be assessed by experts and works will be carried out by an experienced contractor.

As Lambeth Council have received grant funding for this scheme, applicants will not have to repay the money.

Who can apply?

  • Total household income must be less than £30,000 (including benefits)
  • EPC rating of D, E, F or G
  • Homeowners, private tenants & people in social rented accommodation
  • Landlords can apply on behalf of eligible tenants & must match fund at least 50%

Dr Bike Sessions

What is it?

There are a number of free Dr Bike sessions taking place in Lambeth over the next two months. In the sessions, you’ll get the chance to have your bike fully checked by experienced mechanics.

The whole bike will be inspected, from the wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. Any minor adjustments will be done there and then for free. If there’s anything they cannot fix on the day, you’ll be advised on what needs doing and roughly how much it should cost at a bike shop.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

What is the scheme?

The Government are encouraging homeowners to install low carbon heating systems (e.g. heat pumps) to improve carbon emissions across the UK.

They’re offering grants of £5,000 – £6,000 to help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.

Which homes are eligible?

  • Domestic or small non-domestic properties in England and Wales
  • Homes with an installation capacity up to 45kWth (this covers most homes)
  • A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation

Neighbourhood Champions

What is a neighbourhood champion?

Neighbourhood champions are individuals in Lambeth who are passionate about the area they live in and the people. These are people who are serious about improving their local areas by making them cleaner, greener and friendlier.

Some ways neighbourhood champions might help to improve their local area is by going the extra mile to take care of the area, and bringing the community together in an effort to improve their surroundings.

Why be a neighbourhood champion?

Lambeth neighbourhood champions can receive:

  • the chance to increase your own knowledge on subjects such as fundraising or horticulture
  • access to tools and equipment for cleaning and greening your local area
  • access to council knowledge and expertise
  • advice and guidance on setting up community activities such as street parties and play streets
  • the chance to increase your own knowledge on subjects such as fundraising or horticulture

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