warmerwightUp to 6000 homes on the Isle of Wight could benefit from fully funded or heavily subsidised energy saving measures under the new Warmer Wight scheme.

Replacement boilers, loft, solid wall and cavity wall insulation are among the offer presented to the Island community through the scheme. The scheme follows on from successful work carried out by the Footprint Trust earlier this year.

Local organisations 9d Energy and the Footprint Trust will now continue to deliver Warmer Wight to a wider audience assisted by energy efficiency experts, Climate Energy. The scheme organisers are working with local training providers to create several apprenticeship places to learn about the energy industry whilst assisting the current workforce at 9d Energy.

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Warmer Wight, overseen by Climate Energy, will deliver Energy Company Obligations (ECO) funding to residents on the Island and is registered with the Buy With Confidence Mark from Trading Standards and endorsed by Age Concern. The Isle of Wight Council’s Trading Standards support is a major milestone for the project and will help ensure residents receive quality tradesmanship and a professional trustworthy service whilst adhering to a strict ‘code of conduct’.

Chris Mannion, Director of 9d Energy said:

“We have already completed many installs of boilers and insulation with very positive feedback. We aim to make a significant impact on the Island’s fuel poverty issues, making homes more comfortable and continuing to reduce the overall carbon footprint. The scheme will also improve the local economy with local jobs and a firm commitment to use the Island’s existing workforce, several local companies are already signed up to deliver the installations.”

Warmer Wight will assist people in obtaining ECO funding by helping homeowners and tenants identify if they are eligible and assisting them to apply for the funding.  Those interested can check their eligibility through the Warmer Wight website or by speaking to a dedicated phone team. With the aim to process applications in as little as four weeks from first appointment to install for eligible customers, there is plenty of time for the scheme to help a large proportion of those eligible as the weather gets cold and winter sets in.

The scheme has already helped Mr. Richards from Newport who recently received a replacement boiler, saving an estimated £300 a year as well as an expensive repair bill on his previous system.

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Mr Richards said of the scheme:

“9d Energy and Warmer Wight were simply brilliant. The assessment stage was very easy and once the funding was approved we had a new boiler installed within a few days.”

Warmer Wight is working with many of the key Isle of Wight agencies and community groups to ensure the people that need help from the funding receive it prior to winter months. The scheme also urges landlords to get involved as the funding is also available to the private rented sector. With the upcoming legislation aimed at landlords to make rented property more energy efficient the funding comes at a vital time to assist reaching these targets.

Isle of Wight residents can contact the Warmer Wight team on 01983 898654 or find out more by going towww.warmer-wight.org.uk or www.facebook.com/warmerwight.

Progress on the scheme can be checked via the Facebook page or through signing up to the newsletter on the website.

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