A GAS and heating firm is adding to its list of initiatives to improve its sustainability as it becomes and installer for homes taking advantage of a new scheme.
GHS Heating and Plumbing in Gosport has registered as a Green Homes Grant Scheme installer, meaning it will be able to ensure people around the South will be able to make energy improvements to their homes.
The firm has invested £20,000 into the initiative, which will see it install home improvements such as different types of insulation, biomass boilers, solar thermals and more, to help people reduce their carbon footprint.
The grants allow people to claim back up to £7,000 from the government to make the improvements.
The firm is all set to become an installer and just has to pass an in-person assessment, which has been pushed back due to lockdown.
Director, Marc Smith said: ‘There aren’t enough companies signing up to the scheme, so we wanted to be able to do our bit in the region to make improvements to peoples’ homes.
‘Because of covid, we lost most of our work within care homes and pubs, but we’ve managed to deal with everything thrown at us and have built up a strong team, ready to take us into this new initiative and hopefully make a positive difference to peoples’ carbon footprint.’
GHS is known for its efforts in remaining sustainable and becoming carbon neutral.
The firm were highly commended in the Sustainable Business category at The News’ Business Excellence Awards last year and won Best Sustainable Business at the Southern Sustainability Awards and Best Installer in the South at the Heating Installer Awards.
It is also sponsoring the Southern Sustainability Show for 2021.
The team does other work to become carbon neutral, including using electric scooters to replace vans where possible.
Marc said: ‘We are focussed on reducing our carbon footprint as much as we can and becoming carbon neutral organically and sustainably bit by bit. There’s much more you can do to reduce your carbon footprint other than just planting trees.’