Residents looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes will be able to find approved installers more easily thanks to a new directory.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Energy At Home Information Service is creating a dedicated Installers Network for tradespeople who fit energy efficiency home improvements to existing buildings, often referred to as ‘retrofitting’.
Residents who contact Energy At Home will be able to access the network to find qualified traders who can install a range of energy-saving measures in their homes.
The council is seeking sole traders and businesses in the local area to come forward to join the network if they are qualified to install loft, floor and wall insulation, draughtproofing, double or triple glazing, solar panels and low carbon heating such as air source heat pumps.
Research by B&NES Council into the main sources of carbon emissions across the area found that 38% of direct emissions come from homes, and that most of them could benefit from energy efficiency measures.
Councillor Tim Ball, cabinet member for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, said: “The Installers Network will be an important way for us to support home energy efficiency improvements in the area as we work towards achieving our carbon neutral aim.
“Encouraging local businesses to carry out energy efficiency home improvements is good for the local economy and will be more convenient for customers.
“We’d like to see this local network grow over the coming years as we see more schemes introduced, such as the Government’s Green Homes Grant, to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and save money.”
Businesses interested in joining the Installers Network should email energyatHom[email protected] or phone 01225 396282 and leave their contact details.
The council is working with neighbouring authorities to take advantage of funding opportunities to support improving the energy efficiency of homes.
Installers who are part of the Network will also receive information about any new schemes that might be on offer, such as training opportunities or qualification options.
The Energy At Home service helps residents improve the energy performance of their homes by providing information on energy-related home improvements, financial assistance schemes and signposting to suitable installers and contractors.