A number of councils in England are offering grants of up to £10,000 to make homes more energy efficient. The money can help pay for underfloor heating, insulation and double or triple glazing.
Not all councils are offering grants, and there are eligibility conditions. Most councils are only giving the full £10,000 grants to households with a total annual income of less than £30,000. Households above this income level may still qualify for grants of up to £5,000, however.
Homes must have a low Energy Performance Rating of E, F or G. Most grants are for homeowners, but money is available for people renting properties, provided the landlord pays for at least a third of the cost of the improvements.
A local council’s website will show if it is providing the energy efficiency improvement grants. Not all councils are calling the grants by the same name, so there is no single search term to use.
UK residents on low incomes may qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which provides extra financial help for energy bills. There is also money available for low-income families during very cold weather spells.
If a household doesn’t qualify for a grant, there are still many ways to save energy. The cost of installing underfloor heating can be offset by lower energy bills. Further energy savings can be achieved by controlling underfloor heating with smart thermostats and using renewable energy, such as solar panels, to power the heating system.