Thousands of Eastbourne residents could be entitled to a free new boiler under a scheme to improve energy efficiency in the town.
The offer, from utilities company British Gas, is part of a national project.
The utility company says a more efficient boiler would save the average household around £340 each year.
Angela Needle at British Gas said, “This new scheme will deliver more efficient boilers to more people for less money. “So, given the availability of free and low cost boilers together with the many benefits they can bring, I’d encourage anyone in Eastbourne in receipt of income related benefits - including universal credit and pension credit - to get in touch with us to find out more about the scheme and if they qualify.”
British Gas is providing free or low cost gas boilers as part of its commitment to delivering energy efficiency measures to homes across Britain in 2016. This will include homes in Eastbourne.
The scheme is only open to those receiving some form of benefits such as Pension Credit, Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance but is open to both tenants and homeowners.
Residents don’t have to be a British Gas customer to qualify for the scheme.
British Gas say around 70 per cent of qualifying households in Eastbourne will receive a free replacement boiler but a small contribution will be charged if extra work – such as an electrical upgrade or installing pumps – is required.
Residents can find out if they are eligible for the scheme by contacting British Gas on Freephone 0800 316 4320 or by visiting: www.britishgas.co.uk/lowcostboilers