Fancy a free boiler? How about saving over a hundred pound in winter energy bills? Both of these scenarios, plus many more, could become a reality for your home if you find yourself eligible for an energy grant.
Currently, there’s millions of pounds of free cash out there which can contribute towards your home’s energy efficiency. If you find yourself on low income, are an elderly person, or are disabled, you could potentially apply for free cash.
Find out if you are eligible
First of all, in order to scope out whether you can apply for a housing and energy grant, you need to find out if your eligible. Head over to the GOV.UK and their Energy Grants Calculator, where you can find energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) gives out grants for energy-efficiency measures, such as wall insulation. The eligibility criteria for ECO, however, are quite complex. To find out if you could qualify, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 and find out more at Which’s guide to ECO.
What can I get for my grant?
An energy grant is more than just a one trick pony. There are numerous appliances and areas of your home it can improve and in some cases, increase the value:
- Loft insulation – Did you know that heat from your house will rise resulting in about quarter of the heat generated being lost through the roof of an uninsulated home? Insulating the roof space of your home is the simplest, most cost-effective way of saving energy and reducing your heating bills. By adding 270mm of loft insulation could save up to £140 a year.
- Cavity Wall Insulation Grant – By filling an exterior wall with narrow cavity’s between them with insulating materials or injection foam, you could save up to £250 a year if you have a detached home. If you're unsure whether your walls have a cavity in them, you can usually check by either looking at the pattern of bricks or by measuring the thickness of the walls next to a door or window:
- Boilers – It seems too good to be true, but you can indeed nab yourself a free boiler via a grant if your eligible. The better and more efficient your boiler is, the more you will save in the long run, as they are one of the biggest contributors towards your gas bill. You could save between £95-£350 per year courtesy of a new boiler depending on its age.
Warmth for all
Vulnerable customers, such as the elderly, are eligible for Warm Home Discount, which by law requires the big energy suppliers to help those in need. Low income families are also urged to apply, and doing so could grant you £140 towards your bill.
Households in the core group should automatically receive the discount on their energy bill without having to take any action, while customers in the broader group will have to apply to their energy supplier.