In collaboration with Woking Borough Council, Action Surrey secured a total of £9.1m through the Local Authority Delivery Green Homes Grant. This project was named ‘Green Jump Surrey’, and aimed to improve the energy efficiency of hard-to-heat, low-income properties across Surrey.
The project formed part of a national funding programme designed to deliver progress towards reducing fuel poverty in England and phasing out high-carbon fossil fuel heating.
Funding was available for properties with a low energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G, combined with a low household income below £30,000, or receipt of means-tested benefits.
Green Jump Surrey offered eligible homeowners funded home energy efficiency improvements, up to £15,000. The initial £10,000 per property was funded by the government, and match funding of up to £5,000 from Surrey County Council enabled further funding to households requiring additional upgrades to improve the EPC rating.
Action Surrey assisted residents at each stage of the process, from initial enquiry through to completed installation(s).
The project awarded over £6m of funding to support almost 600 low-income households across Surrey, resulting in a staggering 775 installations in total. On average, it it expected that householders will save approximately £660 per year in energy costs (this figure considers the market prices as of April 2022). The measures installed can be seen in the graph below:
EPC ratings saw some dramatic improvements with 216 properties achieving A-C ratings following installations funded by Green Jump Surrey:
The project is considered a great success, especially considering the challenges faced by Covid-19 disruption, and delays to supply chains following the Brexit transition period.
The project summary can be found here.
Action Surrey continues to work with Local Authority partners to deliver funded energy efficiency upgrades to low-EPC and low-income properties across the county. Our e-newsletter can be subscribed to here for updates on new projects.