YORK residents are set to benefit from more energy-saving deals to help them make improvements to their homes from this week.

City of York Council launched a pilot scheme called Warmer Homes York in December, targeting Leeman Road, Lawrence Street and Tang Hall and designed to help the city prepare for Government’s new Green Deal energy-efficiency initiative, which is now being launched.

The Green Deal will provide energy support at no upfront cost to residents and businesses, with homeowners being firstly offered a cashback scheme on a first-come, first-served basis, which could be worth more than £1,000. The types of measures available include insulation for loft and cavity walls, solid walls and flat roofs, boiler replacements, glazing improvements and new doors.

York residents can also use the city’s Wrapping Up York scheme until the end of this month and the Warmer Homes solid wall insulation programme until March.

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “Through these schemes, we are now working to maximise the opportunities of the Green Deal across York.”

More details on the Green Deal are available at gov.uk/greendeal or by phoning the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234. Free loft and cavity insulation can be claimed by phoning Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 554406.