HOMEOWNERS and private tenants who have a household income less than £21,000 could be eligible for a central heating upgrade under a council scheme.

Those living in a property believed to waste energy and have a low income, or claim certain benefits will be able to have an 'A'-rated gas powered central heating system installed.

North Yorkshire County Council said it had secured the funding, which would benefit those living in Ryedale, Scarborough, and Hambleton.

The council's executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing, councillor Caroline Dickinson said: “We are delighted to be able to offer householders the opportunity to upgrade their heating facilities and keep warm for less –studies have shown that gas central heating is three to four times cheaper than electric heating."

The local authority secured over £250,000 worth of cash by working with energy experts, YES Energy Solutions and Citizens Advice.

YES Energy Solutions will manage the scheme, and complete surveys of homes across the districts.

Cllr Dickinson added: "This scheme will not only help eligible residents reduce their fuel bills, but improve the energy efficiency of properties through the installation of modern mains gas central heating."