Three Rivers HEEP scheme

21st September 2010

Three Rivers District Council’s energy efficiency scheme (Herts Essex Energy Partnership) which offers grants, loans and discounts to homeowners and private tenants in the Three Rivers area to help generate and save energy has just won the ‘Best Environmental Project’ in the Hertfordshire Green Awards.

HEEP pic.JPGThe award was presented to Herts Essex Energy Partnership (HEEP) by BBC’s Ethical Man and star of the One Show, Justin Rowlatt. Judges described HEEP as;

‘Not only a brilliant green project, but also a way to improve people's lives.’

Mrs Gordon (pictured) who had her old boiler replaced free of charge through HEEP said 'I am delighted with my new boiler. It was such a quick process and the house is much warmer now.'

This is the second award the scheme has received recently, having won a national Green Apple Award which will be presented in November.

HEEP was set up by 15 local authorities including Three Rivers District Council, to help alleviate fuel poverty and increase the income of fuel poor households by helping them cut their fuel bills. The scheme offers free or discounted loft and cavity wall insulation (at just £49 if you are in receipt of qualifying benefits) and grants and loans to help Three Rivers residents insulate solid walls and install renewable technologies in their homes.

By installing a renewable energy technology to generate electricity you may also be able to benefit from the government’s green energy cashback scheme called the “Feed in Tariff”. This pays you for the electricity you generate, whether you use it or not. The electricity you don’t use can be sold back to the national grid through the Feed in Tariff.

To find out about other improvements made to the HEEP offer from Three Rivers District Council call free on 0800 980 6026.