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Making your home energy efficient is kind to the environment, but can also help cut your utility bills. Bolton Council wants residents to improve the efficiency of their homes. Read on to find information on the support available to residents and links to organisations that can help you to reduce your bills.

Do you qualify for a free replacement boiler, helping you save on your energy bills

Greater Manchester Councils are working with the energy provider E.ON to help residents improve their home with energy saving home improvements including loft and cavity wall or replacing faulty or broken boilers. If your boiler is over 5 years old, there is a good chance it’s not working properly.

How much could you save?

The offer is completely free. Yes it’s FREE! And what’s more you could save up to £540 by insulating your home and replacing your boiler. There’s no catch, you simply must meet the qualifying criteria and you don’t have to be an E.ON energy customer to apply for the offer.

If you own or privately rent your home from a landlord, and you claim certain income related benefits, call Bolton Care and Repair on 01204 328 178. We will help you to check if you qualify for help towards energy saving home improvements and put you in touch with EoN to book your free home survey.

This offer is time limited so please act fast!

Eligibility: In order to qualify for the scheme, a householder must own their property or rent it privately from a landlord and have permission to do the work. You must be in receipt of one or combination of benefits to be eligible.

Bolton Care and Repair

Bolton Care and Repair deliver the following affordable warmth schemes on behalf of Bolton Council and offer advice and information on keeping warm and well at home:

Better Behaving Boiler

The Better Behaving Boiler Scheme is a central heating grant for owner occupiers who are on low incomes and do not have a working central heating system. Private tenants can access this grant only where they have responsibility for the heating system as set out in their tenancy agreement.

A grant may be available to private households on particular benefits but are not eligible for other grant assistance from national schemes.

Healthy Heating

The Healthy Heating grant is for people with ill health who have no workable central heating system. A grant may be available to people who receive a disability benefit, have no workable central heating system and are referred to Care and Repair by a health professional.

Green Handyperson Scheme

The Green Handyperson Scheme offers the chance for older people in Bolton to give their homes a green makeover by fitting small energy saving measures such as draught proofing, fitting energy saving light bulbs and radiator panels, which reflect heat back into the room. They will also signpost people to other services or grants such as insulation and repairing or replacing central heating. To qualify for the scheme you must be a Bolton resident aged 60+ or if under 60 in receipt of Personal Independence Payment.

If you know anyone who is older or vulnerable that may need advice about keeping warm, assistance with their heating system, making home repairs or information on reducing fuel bills, please direct them to:

Bolton Care and Repair schemeBolton Care and Repair
98 Waters Meeting Road
Bolton
BL1 8SW

Telephone: 01204 328 178
Bolton Care and Repair scheme


Green Loans

The Green Loan Initiative is intended to allow householders in Bolton to borrow money at a low rate of interest in order to make their homes more energy efficient.

It is available whether you intend to add to or improve an existing installation, or replace it with something that is more energy efficient.

A Green Loan will enable you to borrow money, with repayments spread over a period of up to 3 years at a low interest rate. You will also receive information and advice about energy saving, so you could save even more.

At the end of the loan if you provide proof of purchase / installation and it meets the Green Loan Initiative, you will receive a refund of any interest you have paid on your loan.

For further information about Green Loans, please contact Hoot Credit Union on:

Telephone: 01204 365 024
Email: enquiries@wisewithmoney.org.uk

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