July 25, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

AROUND 200 private households in Swansea are to get free gas central heating, with some insulation also thrown in.

Only householders in specific areas of deprivation and who don’t already have gas heating are eligible.

Council cabinet members approved the two-year scheme at a meeting on June 18.

A total of £850,000 for the heating upgrades will come from a UK-wide fund and from fines paid by energy companies for not meeting carbon emissions and fuel poverty reduction targets.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, cabinet member for homes, energy and service transformation, said: “This is an excellent scheme and I’m really pleased that we have been awarded that money.”

In addition, Swansea Council will apportion funding from a different Government scheme to pay for things like insulation and “smart” thermostats at the 200 properties.

The houses in question must have low energy performances ratings – E, F or G – to qualify.

The council is to commission an organisation called City Energy, based in Cardiff, to carry out the work.

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