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Government energy grants for your home

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Government energy grants for your home

Find out if you qualify for energy grants from the government and energy suppliers to help make your home more efficient and cut your gas and electricity bills.

Energy grants and offers can help cover the initial cost of installing energy-efficient features in your home and save you money. Plus there are schemes to help you pay your bills. Read on to find out about the different schemes and whether you qualify.

The average household could be wasting hundreds of pounds each year because it's not energy efficient. You may also be spending more money than you need to if you’re eligible for help paying your gas and electricity bills.

The good news is that there are a variety of energy grants available to help you with the cost of making your home more efficient. A more efficient home will be cheaper to run in the long-term, and the changes might make it cosier, too.

Cut your energy bills by following our tips on saving energy at home.

Energy efficiency grants, discounts and freebies

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) gives out grants for energy-efficiency measures, such as wall insulation. However, the eligibility criteria for ECO is quite complex. 

To find out if you could qualify, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 and find out more in our ECO guide

As part of this, the Affordable Warmth scheme gives grants to help with making your home more energy efficient, such as insulation or a new boiler.

Free insulation and grants from energy suppliers

Some energy suppliers offer grants, including for insulation and grants for a new boiler if yours is broken. 

Help paying your gas and electricity bills

  • The Warm Home Discount gives £140 each year to consumers who need help with their energy bills. It's targeted at pensioners and people who receive certain benefits.
  • Fuel Direct can help you manage your energy bills if you get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.
  • The Winter Fuel Payment is for those aged over 63 pays up to £300 (if you’re aged over 80) towards your winter heating.
  • If winter is particularly cold, some households will be eligible for the Cold Weather Payment. If you’re eligible it’s worth £25 per each week that it’s below zero degrees.

Energy-efficiency measures

There are many ways to save energy and money in your home. Some, such as draught proofing and fitting energy-saving light bulbs, are cheap and easy to do. 

Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are relatively straightforward to install and will yield bigger savings. Solid wall insulation is more expensive, but the long-term savings can be even greater. Select your home type from the drop-down menu in the graphic below to see your estimated savings per year for different types of insulation:

If your home is already well-insulated, fitting a modern condensing boiler is pricey but replacing an old boiler with a modern one with heating controls could save you more than £200 per year (in a three-bedroom house). 

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More ways to save on energy

As well as using energy-efficiency grants to help cut the amount of gas and electricity you use, you should also make sure you’re on the best-value energy tariff. 

If you’re on a standard default gas and electricity tariff with one of the Big Six energy companies, you could be paying around £200 more per year than you need to. That’s the difference between a pricey Big Six standard variable tariff and the cheapest deals on the market.

Find out more about the Big Six energy companies or use our independent service, Which? Switch, to compare energy prices to find the best deal for you.

Earn cash for generating renewable energy

Installing energy-generating technologies, such as solar panels, is something you should only consider after you've made your home as energy efficient as possible. 

The upfront costs of installing generation at home can be high. But the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) help offset the initial expense of installing renewable energy technologies. 

These schemes support renewable technologies including solar panels, wind turbines and ground-source heat pumps

On top of money saved by not having to use traditional sources of energy, generating electricity with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels also means you can sell energy back to your supplier for a guaranteed price. The FIT is set to end in spring 2019 however.

 

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