Funding to help Hambleton homeowners make their properties more fuel efficient is up for grabs.

Hambleton District Council has limited grants available for work to address excess cold and fuel poverty.

It can help towards the installation of new central heating systems, replacement windows, top up loft and cavity wall insulation or install extra radiators. All work will be carried through the Swale Home Improvement Agency using approved contractors.

The loans – administered on the council’s behalf by the Yorkshire and Humber Homes and Loans service – are interest free and re-paid in monthly instalments. Homeowners can borrow from £300 to £3,000. Additional payments are required to cover the initial set up and the Home Improvement Agency costs to oversee the work being carried out.

To qualify for help an applicant must:

 be aged 18 or over

 have a gross income of less than £25,000 per annum or be in receipt of Council Tax Reduction or a Means Tested Benefit.

For more information contact the council’s environmental health department on 01609 767138 or ehts@hambleton.gov.uk – or check out: hambleton.gov.uk/info/20153/adapting_homes/596/energy_repayment_loans

For general information on how to improve energy efficiency within the home see the National Energy Action: nea.org.uk/advice/check-list