Welsh Government has today announced their plans to invest £204m in The Warm Homes Programme; a project that is set to improve energy efficiency across the whole of Wales.
Spreading the funding over the course of the next four years, the money will action home improvements across the country, encouraging more affordable energy bills for those that need them.
Focusing on deprived communities across Wales, Welsh Government have identified a huge need for change, with £24 million of European funding also going towards the programme.
Lesley Griffins AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, identifies where the money is to be spent;
“During the winter months how to keep warm while also meeting high energy bills is a very real concern for many low income households across Wales. I am therefore delighted we are committing £104 million to our Warm Homes Programme over the next four years.
The Warm Homes Programme aims to make improvements to homes, such as boiler and heating upgrades and applying loft insulation, to increase energy efficiency, reduce household bills and in turn reduce energy use and climate change.
There is also an emphasis on using the local supply chain to make these changes, creating jobs, developing skills and boosting the local economy.”
With smaller funding projects having worked well in the past, authorities are eager to further reduce energy costs for Welsh residents.
Mr and Mrs Foley from Trowbridge have benefited from previous funding schemes. Reflecting on their experience, they say:
“Not only does our home look lovely, but we have made over £200 worth of energy savings in just 6 months! The energy advice we have been given has been so helpful. Simple tips for everyday life. We are so grateful for the scheme.”