Over the next few years, the government is running a number of schemes to provide grants to improve the energy efficiency of houses in England.
The aim of the schemes are to reduce the cost of your energy bills and the government estimate that you could save up to £600 per year. The council has secured funding for a pilot scheme and will be bidding for more in the future.
The grants can be used to fund a wide range of improvements to your home such as insulation, replacing windows and doors and solar panels . The actual improvements installed will be subject to a survey of your home, then the type of measures will be decided upon.
The grants will cover the cost of the agreed improvements and no contribution is required from those who are eligible.
There is a criteria for the grant that each homeowner has to meet:
- A combined household income of less than £30,000 (about £577 per week before tax)
- or receive a qualifying benefit such as attendance allowance, disability living allowance, pension credit, council tax support (see more details on the expression of interest application form)
- Proof of your income and/or welfare benefits will be required
- Energy performance certificate in Band E, F or G with limited grant funding for Band D
Please Note: When you apply for a grant you will need to provide proof of the above except for Council Tax Support because we can check our records.
Energy Performance Certificate
These were introduced in August 2007 and tell you how energy efficiency your home is. Not all homes have an energy performance certificate as they are only required when a property is sold or rented.
How Do I Know If I Have An Energy Performance Certificate?
Find out if you have a certificate, enter your postcode to search for your address. If your address is not included then you don't have an energy performance certificate. If you don't have a certificate we can carry a survey out at no cost to you to see whether you would be eligible.
I Live In A Private Rented Property Can I Apply?
If you have a combined household income of less than £30,000 and the property has an energy performance certificate in Band E, F or G (there is limited funding for Band D) then you can apply. We will need the approval of your landlord and they will have to contribute one third towards the cost of the works.
How Do I Apply?
The government plans to provide grant funding to local authorities over the next few years so complete your expression of interest for grant funding, send your details to us and we'll be in touch when they become available.