The Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) is a fund for households across the UK who live in one of 4,500 low income areas which have been classed as eligible under the Lower Super Output Areas (LSO Areas). The programme aims to improve energy efficiency standards, and reduce fuel bills thereby tackling fuel poverty. CESP is funded by an obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators to promote a ‘whole house’ approach, and delivered via a house-by-house, street-by-street approach.
Many housing providers, both in the social and private rented sectors, have already taken up the funding. However, there is still a lot of funding left and it will be unfortunate if it remains unused as CESP ends in December 2012.
Phyllis Prior-Boardman, a leading UK Green Deal Consultant, commented:
“Research shows there is an urgent need in the private sector to improve the energy efficiency of housing stock. For example, 26% of all the UK’s ‘G’ rated homes are in the private rented sector. CESP improvements will not only save energy but it will also protect vulnerable households who are at risk from fuel poverty. I therefore urge as many property owners as possible to take advantage of the funding available as early as possible so that we can complete the works before the end of the year.”
For property owners, this sends an urgent message given there is less than 5 months left in LSO Areas to claim and benefit from CESP funding.
Phyllis also stated:
“This is a win-win situation for property owners who can significantly improve their stock, increase its market value, and keep their tenants comfortable for longer thus reducing turnover”.
On behalf of Phyllis, the Green Deal Consortia Ltd, has put together boiler replacement schemes and insulation schemes to help property owners access this important funding opportunity to get their properties to low carbon.
If you manage property or are a housing provider, please contact us on 01942 829568 or email@example.com to learn more on the eligible areas and the measures that can installed under CESP.
Phyllis Prior-Boardman BSc (Hons) CIHCM