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Leeds City Council to roll out grants for thermal insulation

Leeds City Council is going to be offering local homeowners financial support to install energy-efficient improvements such as thermal insulation.

The body - which is joining forces with YES Projects to roll out the help - is hoping the initiative will make properties warmer and cheaper to run.

Grants and loans will be available after the council's executive board decided to put a £1.28 million fund from the Department of Energy and Climate Change towards green upgrades.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said making houses more energy-efficient means people are healthier, carbon emissions are cut and bills are reduced.

"With these loans and grants we can reach people we haven't been able to help up until now and we're looking forward to the project going live early in the new year," he added.

The initiative will involve Leeds City Council and YES Projects teaming up to test how certain aspects of the Green Deal - the government's flagship energy efficiency scheme - will work.

YES Projects is a subsidiary of the award-winning Yorkshire Energy Services, which recently provided communities with help via the council's free home insulation scheme Wrap Up Leeds.

Posted by Helen Hughes