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Government grants and initiatives

You might be eligible for government funding for installing more expensive measures to help you waste less energy in your home.

Read about some options below or use this handy calculator to see what support you might be eligible for.

Remember there are also a number of low cost or free things you can do to waste less energy, food and water. Check out our Reducing waste - what you can do! page.

The Green Deal

All home-owners, landlords and tenants are eligible for the Green Deal loan scheme which can help you pay for energy-saving improvements to your home without having to pay all the costs in advance. There are over 45 different approved measures that you can install to save energy.

You pay off the loan with the savings you make on your bills after the energy saving items have been installed.

The loan is attached to the property and not to you individually.

For more information please visit here and here.

Energy Company Obligation

If you earn less than £16,000 household income and own your home, you're likely to be eligible for extra help to save energy.
The amount you're eligible for is means tested. You're likely to get higher amounts if there are ill or disabled people, children or older people living there.

For more info on help with costs and to find out whether you are eligible call:

  • The Energy Saving Advice Service (England & Wales): 0300 123 1234
  • Home Energy Scotland: 0808 808 2282

Or you can use this calculator to see whether you are eligible.

The Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff

This scheme pays you to generate your own electricity through solar panels or a wind turbine. It is available if you live in England, Scotland and Wales but is not currently available in Northern Ireland.

You will get a set amount for each unit you generate. The amount varies depending on what technology you use, the size of the system and whether it was installed by an accredited installer.

For more information see here

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment

This scheme gives you money back for installing renewable heating technology in your home, like electric heatpumps or solar thermal water heating. Anyone is eligible. You could get up to:

  • £600 for solar thermal hot water 
  • £1,300 for heat pumps 
  • £2,000 for biomass boilers

For more information see here

Winter fuel payment

You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1952.

Most payments are made automatically between November and December.

You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit).

If you qualify but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim.

For more information see here