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Strong interest in Green Living Grant Scheme

Hundreds of applicants in opening week

Over 500 applications have been submitted for the first phase of government's new Green Living Grant Scheme.

It went live on 1 October and involves a home energy audit, based on the UK Energy Performance Certificate, which will provide an overall energy rating and a list of energy saving solutions, in priority order, for each property.

The scheme is designed to help Island residents reduce their carbon emissions and their household energy bills. It provides financial assistance up to a maximum of £6,000, to help make residential properties more energy efficient.

The Department for Enterprise, which is operating the scheme, says applicants will receive confirmation of the next steps in due course. However, given the high number of applications, they are asking people to be patient.

It's estimated that the scheme could significantly reduce carbon emissions in around 1,200 properties, and save around 100,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere.

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