“When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks. When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand.” Wm. Shakespeare.
Wise words as always from the Bard of Avon although in his time there were fewer options for keeping out the winter cold with burning wood or peat the principal sources of heating. Now we have gas, electricity, oil and various types of solid fuel but cost rather than availability is the main constraint on keeping warm in winter. We also have insulation other than the thatched roofs which were common four centuries ago.
Barnsley MBC is a Member of Better Homes Yorkshire, the only Council Endorsed Energy Efficiency Scheme in the Leeds City Region and a range of offers are available for all privately owned or privately rented properties:-
· Oil Boilers – replacement oil boilers available for any that are old or broken. Funding is available towards the cost, and the level of this will depend on the householders circumstances. Finance packages are also available.
· Gas boilers – replacement gas combi boilers for any that are old or broken. Funding may be available towards the cost depending on the householders circumstances. Finance packages are also available.
· Cavity Wall and loft insulation – funding available towards the cost, and the level of this will depend on the householders circumstances.
· Energy Repayment Loan – an interest free monthly repayment loan can be available to cover the cost of energy efficiency works up to the value of £3,000 as a loan of last resort for people who are unable to access traditional sources of finance. This can be combined with funding from other sources and the loan has been designed to pick up any customer cost that is needed where the funding doesn’t provide the works for free or at an affordable rate to the householder. This is currently only available to home owners.
We know that domestic fuel costs are higher in rural areas where houses are often old, large and difficult to insulate as well as sometimes without access to mains gas. Improving the efficiency of the systems and the insulation can therefore make a significant difference to energy costs not only when carried out but for years to come.
Anyone who would like to know more can go online at:-
http://www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk/ or telephone:- 0800 597 1500 for further information without obligation.
None of us expect heating costs to go down in the long term so perhaps now is the time to start looking for that new cloak.
First published in the Barnsley Chronicle - Penistone Living - November 2017