Improving home energy efficiency can help you to:
- save money
- enjoy a warmer home
- reduce your impact on the environment.
This can be, for instance, through improving your home insulation, through a more efficient heating system or through following some energy-saving tips.
Advice on how to find possible energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency is available on the energy-grants-calculator section on the Gov.uk website.
LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme) is a new FREE energy and money saving advice service, which can help eligible households save money to keep their homes warm and to avoid fuel poverty.
Information on energy saving in historic buildings is available on the Historic England saving energy page
Information on heating-related benefits is available on the Gov.uk heating section and keeping warm in winter is available on the keep warm, keep well section on the NHS website
There is a wide range of general advice on the Energy Saving Trust’s website. More specific energy advice can be obtained from the Simple Energy Advice website or by telephoning them on 0800 444 202.
Information on how you could save money by switching energy providers is on our Energy Switching webpage.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to help improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to certain households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are defined as being in fuel poverty. The Government has now given Local Authorities the ability to identify vulnerable households in their areas which could benefit from these improvements. The new scheme is called ECO Flexible Eligibility.
Rutland County and Peterborough City Councils have jointly published criteria, in a Statement of Intent, enabling them to identify households that would benefit from such improvements under ECO flex. Improvements are often fully funded where the household meets particular criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty.
Green Home Grant
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. You may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of this voucher is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme. More information can be found on the Simple Energy Advice website
Green Homes Grant - Local Authority Delivery
More information and the full eligibility criteria for the Green Homes Grant - Local Authority Delivery can be found by calling our Local Energy Advice Partnership on 0800 060 7567.
Households are likely to be eligible for the GHG LAD scheme if the following two statements apply:
- The total annual household income is less than £30,000
- The property has an EPC rating of E, F or G (if no valid EPC is present, the team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out)
Call the number above to speak to a member of the team for full details and to find out what to do next.
We encourage anyone who is in doubt about their eligibility, or who just wants to find out more, to call the team.