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'Millions still available' for green home upgrades

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has outlined the many millions in funding that is still open to social landlords across the UK to carry out green improvements to their properties.

According to the government department, considerable amounts of funding are still available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment for the installation of new energy-efficient boilers and other green measures for rented property across the UK.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: "We have already awarded nearly £5 million to 72 projects under this year's scheme, helping householders stay warm this winter and move away from expensive old heating systems to new clean renewable ones.

"But the high value for money of the bids we have received to date means that there is still money up for grabs."

The array of systems that can be installed under the initiative includes biomass boilers, solar water heating, heat pumps and much more. As a result, landlords are being advised to take advantage of these grants while they still can.

Bids to take part in the projects are still being welcomed by the DECC, with management of the funds and the selection process being carried out by the Energy Saving Trust.

Anyone interested in boosting the green credentials of their property is therefore being strongly advised to get in touch.

Earlier this month, communications and research manager at Ecology Building Society Anna Laycock argued the majority of properties across the UK could benefit in some way from energy efficiency improvements and therefore Brits should not be shy in coming forward to take part in schemes such as the Green Deal.

She noted that insulation is one of the most important aspects of maximising energy efficiency, as without the right levels installed in the home, properties are not only leaking heat but also money from their owner's pockets. 

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