MP welcomes Government funding to boost heating efficiency and cut bills.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has welcomed a share of £1.4 billion of funding to boost heating efficiency and cut heating costs in homes across North Yorkshire.

The Government has announced £1.4 billion in grant funding under the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), worth £778 million, and the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) worth £630 million.

North Yorkshire County Council is to receive £14,545,420 from the HUG to boost the efficiency and reduce bills for hundreds of homes across the county.

Commenting Andrew said “Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is the best way to cut energy bills permanently and reduce carbon emissions.

“That is why I am pleased the Government are investing over £14 million across North Yorkshire and I look forward to learning more about how this funding will help people in our area.”

Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero Grant Shapps said:

“We know this is a difficult time for families, which is why the government is covered around half a typical household’s energy bill this winter.

“This is a huge investment that will help households save hundreds on energy bills and see them heat their homes for less, and stay warm for longer.

“Not only this but the funding is also a huge boost for job creation and economic growth, opening up new and exciting opportunities across the UK’s ever-expanding green sector.”

The funding will be rolled out from April 2023 to upgrade homes over the next two years.

The measures provided through the schemes include exterior wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new windows and doors and draft proofing measures, as well as heat pumps and solar panel installation.