Hastoe welcomes steps towards warmer, more energy efficient homes

The National Grid and its partner company Affordable Warmth Solutions have announced a new £150m fund for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households.
The Warm Homes Fund is split in to three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions to help supplement traditional funding streams and is open to bids from local authorities and housing associations. 

Commenting on this announcement, Hastoe Group Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “Rural fuel poverty is a big concern for Hastoe and I am delighted that this programme has a rural category. 

“As many rural households do not have mains gas, they have to rely on expensive electric storage heaters or oil to heat their homes. Often tenants have a limited fixed budget for heating, so are at risk of poor health through under heating their homes. 

“We are working to address the issue by building new homes to super energy efficient standards and by investing in our older homes to bring them up to our Hastoe Green Homes Standard.” 

Since 2014, Hastoe has also been working with Groundwork UK to offer a ‘Green Doctors’ scheme to our tenants to provide energy efficiency and thermal comfort advice on a one-to-one basis. This has helped customers to save thousands of pounds, improve energy efficiency and stay warm and safe in their homes. 

The announcement of the Warm Homes Fund comes as Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has also unveiled a plan to give homes and businesses more control over their energy use. 

Sue Chalkley said: “Government plans to create a smarter energy system is good news for rural communities. It is also good news for the renewable energy supply chain which has been suffering and needs this boost.”