New Affordable Warmth Scheme for Shropshire

Our new service (eco@mea) helps householders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes to keep them warmer and reduce their energy bills. 

Our qualified energy efficiency advisers can provide information on all aspects of energy efficiency from the installation of major measures like changes to heating systems to simple lifestyle changes such as turning off appliances.  We can also advise on energy tariffs and switching suppliers.

We offer up to date information on the latest grants and government schemes, the two major schemes being the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal. Our information is accompanied with safe and easy routes to trusted installers for those that qualify for grants or those that wish to fund measures themselves (should they not be eligible for full grant support).

Both these schemes are extremely complex.  Fortunately, we have already gathered vast knowledge and experience by undertaking projects for a number of Local Authorities and by working closely with installers to understand how the scheme works in practice. We are also working with community energy groups; Age UK; and the Citizens Advice Bureau.  To find out if you are eligible or for further information email or call 0800 1123 743

Great feedback on our video . . .

Tim Farron MP, Chair of the LibDems emailed: 


I’ve just looked at the video – it was really excellent.  Everyone else in the London office came over to look at it while I was playing it because it was so compelling.  The use of real human examples, and the quality of presentation really stood out!


See the video here


Government Grant Scheme for energy efficiency measures

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) provides free and discounted insulation measures for the home and free repair or replacement of older heating boilers. ECO has three strands, all of which could be important for Shropshire residents. They are;

The Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO), offering a grant to households that are in properties with solid walls or with hard to treat cavity walls. The grant could cover the full cost of the work but the level is dependent on the house type, size and the heating fuel. If a property qualifies for either of these measures then loft insulation can also be provided.

The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO), offering a grant to provide free repair or replacement of heating boilers, free cavity wall insulation and free loft insulation. HHCRO is open to homeowners and private tenants receiving certain income-related benefits such as Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (restrictions apply). Other benefits also apply.

The Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO), offering a grant to provide free cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and solid wall insulation based on areas defined by the government as in need. This includes parts of Shrewsbury.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that installing loft insulation could save a household around £180 a year on their energy bills, installing cavity wall insulation could save around £140 a year and installing solid wall insulation could save approximately £490 a year.

To see if you qualify for any of these grants call Keep Shropshire Warm on 01743 277123 or email

Responding to rising fuel prices and climate change is a people thing.

The results from a recent research project, in which MEA partnered with Keele University show that, at community level, people enjoy sharing knowledge on energy reduction and associated technologies and companies.  This informal network can tap into a lot of experience learned through daily usage of many householders.  People aren’t just ‘empty vessels’ as they are currently treated by ECO or the older CERT schemes, but actually have a huge amount to offer through sharing knowledge and experiences locally. 

Our research findings suggest that these networks have significant potential to play in helping both MEA and UK Government achieve our charitable objectives and Energy Policy respectively.  We will certainly be using this research to help structure future work, and to help build local trust and confidence and to make conversations and action around energy reduction more visible.

Watch our video

NEW PlanLoCaL events

CSE are running a series of free events this July to showcase the new PlanLoCaL toolkit on Energy Efficiency and the Green Deal.
They have one-day events planned in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Bristol, aimed at community groups and organisations set up to support them. A flyer is attached giving more detail.
If you’d like to attend please sign up by following the links to each individual event below:
Friday 5th July – The Priory Rooms, Birmingham
Saturday 6th July – Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester
Friday 12th July – Roots and Shoots, London
Saturday 13th July – The Create Centre, Bristol
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