29th July 2021
There are schemes available to help you pay your energy bills, while energy grants and offers can help cover the initial cost of installing energy-efficient features in your home and save you money. Read on to find out about the different schemes and whether you qualify.
The average homeowner 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.
The good news is that energy grants are available to help you with the cost of making your home more efficient. A more efficient home will be cheaper to run over time, and the changes might make it more cosy too.
Homeowners in England can apply for £5,000 of vouchers for energy-efficient home improvements - but you'll need to apply fast as the scheme closes to new applications at 5pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.
The Green Homes Grant scheme was meant to run until March 2022, but its early closure was announced on 27 March 2021.
Insulation, double glazing, energy-efficient doors and heat pumps are among the home improvements eligible for financial support.
The vouchers should cover at least two-thirds of the cost of an eligible energy-saving home improvement, up to £5,000. The lowest-income households won’t pay anything and could get vouchers of up to £10,000.
However, you must install insulation, a heat pump or solar water heating to be eligible.
In addition, you can apply for vouchers for double glazing, energy-efficient doors, heating controls, hot water tank insulation and draught proofing. Vouchers for these are capped at the amount you’ll receive towards installation or low-carbon heating.
Your improvements must meet other criteria to qualify, including using an approved firm, applying through the government’s service, and getting your quote approved before work begins.
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.
and are relatively straightforward to install and will yield bigger savings. 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:
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, one which is close to the maximum permitted by the government's energy price cap, you could be paying over £200 more a year than you need to. That’s the difference between one of these tariffs and the cheapest deals on the market.
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 (RHI) helps offset the initial expense of installing renewable heating technologies. The can pay for electricity you generate at home.