Householders in Richmond could be eligible for up to £10,000 in funding to make their homes low carbon and more energy efficient.

That's thanks to a UK-wide government initiative called the Green Homes Grant, which means eligible homeowners and landlords can apply for government funding to improve insulation, energy efficiency and the green credentials of their property.

To that end in Richmond an online drop-in event will be hosted by the borough council for residents to discover whether they might qualify for funding and how to apply.

Richmond Council pointed out that the Green Homes Grant is aimed at lower-income households but has recently been expanded, meaning more homes in the borough might qualify.

In a statement promoting the webinar, a spokesperson said:

"To be eligible for the grant households must have a household income of £30,000 or less and live in a property with an EPC rating of D, E, F or G (the four lowest EPC ratings).

"Both homeowners and landlords are eligible to apply for the scheme.

"The event will be hosted by Richmond Council’s Policy and Review Manager, Andrew Hagger who will be joined by the Managing Director of RetrofitWorks, Russell Smith.

"At the event residents will be able to learn more about the scheme, newly eligible households who can now apply for a grant and will be provided with the opportunity to ask any questions they might have."

Richmond residents can check the EPC rating of their homes by clicking here.

As the RTT reported previously, Richmond borough declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and asked residents to help develop a strategy aimed at presenting the borough’s contribution to saving our planet.

Over 85 per cent of people who had their say agreed that the Council should make climate change a top priority, with 75 per cent saying that the target of the Council becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 was appropriate.