As a housing provider, you are aware of programmes such as CERT, CESP, HHCRO, HEEPS, NEEPS, SEEPS, REEPS, EEC, EESH, ECO and GD and you will have heard of DECC, EST, OFGEM, BG, SSE, EON, SAVA and the CT.
For the lay person, these are meaningless acronyms but for the professional like you they are the essential grant funding schemes helping you to deliver your carbon obligations.
Grant schemes for carbon obligations: The view from the energy advice providers
The last five years has seen major companies and SMEs go into administration trying their best to gear up to service the industry only to find the rug pulled from under them as the utilities companies shift focus to deliver their carbon obligations: from cavity and loft insulation, to boilers, to external wall insulation and possibly back to cavity insulation again.
For these companies, treading through grant schemes is like “tight rope walking in two tonne shoes” as Chris Cornell’s song goes. One false move and the company goes under. Focus on something hot right now and next month something else will be the new flavour. It is impossible to gear up for something that is fluid. The demise of the Mark Group and Climate Energy is a sad example of companies dependent upon regulations to survive.
The winning formula to access grants to deliver your carbon obligations
Yet, there are still vast sums of money available through grants to help housing providers save on their energy performance which in turn help people save money.
To unlock these grants, you need 4 elements:
- Be aware of the legislation.
- Truly understand the state of your housing stock today.
- Have your housing stock data ready to react to whichever way the energy wind blows.
- Road map a savings journey to logically make the most of the funding and address your priority challenges.
Carbon obligations: Meeting your requirements
For far too long the local authority and housing associations sector has been doing their best Oliver Twist impression and going cap in hand to the utility companies asking for more. For you as housing manager, the result is that you get whatever these companies are willing to give. Things that meet their agenda, not necessarily things that best meet your requirements.
If you get your data in good shape and can react quickly to the shifting demands of legislation then you will find the utility companies and contractors line up to help you. Your in-depth knowledge and understanding of your assets will make it easy for them to deploy their budgets and meet their targets. Knowledge will always be power.
You can join the many local authorities and housing associations that have their 4 components worked out in that magic formula and accessing funding to make a real difference to their housing stock and their tenants’ lives. They are using powerful software tools that IRT surveys have developed to manipulate their housing stock data and combine it with the latest legislation obligations.
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