Support is available to help you pay your energy bills, plus grants and offers can help cover the initial cost of installing energy efficient features in your home. Find out about the different schemes and whether you qualify.
The average household could be wasting hundreds of pounds each year because their property isn't energy efficient. You may also be spending more money than you need to if you’re eligible for help with paying your gas and electricity bills.
Making your home more efficient will make it cheaper to run over time, and the changes you implement can help make it feel cosier too.
The ECO grants are provided by energy suppliers, rather than the government. The biggest companies are obliged to help households make energy-saving improvements.
They're mainly aimed at low-income households and those in vulnerable situations. However, the eligibility criteria for ECO are quite complex.
Here are the estimated savings per year for different types of insulation:
|Semi-detached house||Detached house||Mid-terrace house||Bungalow||Mid-floor flat|
|Cavity wall insulation||£155||£255||£95||£105||£75|
|Loft insulation (0-270mm)||£135||£315||£125||£195||N/A|
|Solid wall insulation||£210||£350||£130||£140||£105|
Figures are estimates from the Energy Saving Trust for England, Scotland and Wales and based on a gas heated home. Last updated September 2021.
Compare these annual savings with how much they cost to install to find out how long it will take for the insulation to pay for itself.
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 a year (in a three-bedroom house).
As well as getting help to install energy efficiency measures to help cut your energy use, it's worth checking that you’re on the best-value energy tariff.
If and when the market does open up again, you’ll be able to search for energy deals using to compare what's available against the deal you're on now. While competitively priced deals have all but disappeared, fixed deals give you better price certainty.
Out-of-contract and standard default gas and electricity tariffs are limited by the price cap. But they can still change price twice per year when Ofgem updates the price cap. So there's no guarantee your bills won't rise.
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 can pay for the electricity you generate at home and export, while the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) helps to offset the initial expense of installing renewable heating. This replaces the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - which closed on 31 March 2022.