What can I do to improve my home?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is valid for 10 years and provides a list of recommended measures to improve energy efficiency based on the circumstances at the time of the assessment. You don't necessarily need to already have an EPC to access support, however it may help guide which measures are worth pursuing.
Find an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property (where one exists). Regardless of whether your property has an EPC, a new tool is available to guide what improvements may be worth considering and, costs, savings and relevant grants. Find ways to save energy in your home
Green Living Leicestershire
Green Living Leicestershire is a partnership between Leicestershire authorities to deliver projects supporting sustainability and Net Zero - the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible.
The home energy grant is administered by the County Council's Warm Homes service together with YES Energy Solutions and can provide homeowners with fully-funded energy efficiency measures improving the warmth and comfort of homes, whilst also reducing energy bills, carbon emissions and levels of fuel poverty across the county.
For more information see Green Living Leicestershire – home energy grant.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Grants are available via larger energy suppliers and installers working on their behalf for a range of insulation measures and support to upgrade or replace inefficient or broken heating systems.
Some measures require a household contribution and the measures available from providers may vary.
ECO grants are primarily directed at homeowners, with more limited measures available to private rental and housing association properties dependent on Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
Eligible households must be in receipt of qualifying benefits, or on a low income and qualify via Local Authority Flexible Eligibility which takes into account household circumstances and property characteristics.
For more information see Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - home energy efficiency.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)
The Government is providing grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps and biomass boilers, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS).
Grants of up £6,000 are available to subsidise the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.
The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It runs from 2022 to 2025.
For more information visit the Ofgem website.
National Cost of Living Support
Central government has announced a range of support payments targeting the rising cost of energy bills. The support available varies based upon your circumstances and in most cases is credited automatically.
For the latest information see the Cost of Living Support factsheet.
Our Warm Homes service can signpost residents on a low income to access local offers available via District and Borough Councils, the Lightbulb Housing Service or other third-party charitable organisations.
If you’re not sure where to start, read our advice booklet:
The booklet has advice and practical steps you can take to reduce energy usage, access benefits and signposting to wider resources.
Alternatively, complete a self-referral for advice via our Warm Homes service where further information and resources are available.
Information and support is available for residents struggling with the rising cost of living. See Find help with the cost of living.
A national register of warm spaces has been set-up to support those struggling to keep warm.
If you have queries relating to previous schemes, please contact the Warm homes team: firstname.lastname@example.org