Many individuals living in social housing could benefit from cheap energy created from renewable sources as the result of a new fund.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has allocated £10 million to help install low carbon solutions such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar panels to social housing projects across the UK.
Local authorities and housing associations will be able to apply for up to £175,000 each, with bids to be managed by the Energy Saving Trust.
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said the increase in the amount of money available will "help even more people move away from expensive old heating systems to low carbon, more sustainable alternatives".
Chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust Philip Sellwood added the scheme offers "real value" to tenants, as in addition to helping them cut their bills, it will play a role in reducing their overall energy usage.
Recently, Friends of the Earth warned the coalition recently announced reforms to the energy market will be the last chance for it to live up to its promise to be the greenest government ever.
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