Green scheme cash on offer

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HOMEOWNERS on Wearside looking to go green and save money on their energy bills can claim cash as part of a Government scheme.

Energy advice provider, 1 Green Place, is advising householders in Sunderland to take advantage of a £125million pot of funding – up to £7,600 per home – available for home energy efficiency measures, to help reduce energy bills.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) scheme is now open to all households in England and Wales for the next year, thanks to the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Annmarie Blomfield, 1 Green Place managing director, said: “With heating and energy bills continuing to rise, it’s important for consumers to take control of their bills so they can save money through energy efficiency schemes like the GDHIF.

“This scheme is designed to help householders install a range of energy efficiency measures, such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems, by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards home improvements – resulting in warmer, greener homes. It’s important householders fully understand the four elements of GDHIF so they can take advantage of the best money saving option for them and see how much of the £7,600 pot they can access.” To organise a Green Deal assessment for your home to see if you are eligible for a grant, go to