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Repair and Home Improvements Grants UK 2024

The rising cost of living, including essential services such as gas and electricity, have increasingly led to households looking towards government grants that could assist them with installing home improvements that could help them reduce their energy bills and save money. Additionally, local authorities, energy companies, charities and other agencies potentially offer simple energy advice and other funding avenues that complement some of the grants and schemes that help low-income families.

Below are some key examples of grants or funding for energy efficient home improvements that will help households improve their home’s thermal efficiency or make their energy costs more affordable:

Government Grants UK – What help is available for installing energy efficiency upgrades?

The government grants for energy efficiency home improvements you could qualify for include, but are not limited to:

Home energy efficient features grants for landlords

Government grants to install energy efficiency measures are applicable to both homeowners and privately renting tenants, as long as they have the landlord’s permission.

By extension, landlords can also independently decide to apply these changes to the household under the grant as long as the occupant meets the necessary criteria. They don’t even need a qualifying benefit in many cases, as plenty have still qualified for an energy-efficient home improvement grant if they are in a low-income household (have a combined annual income of £31,000 or less).

Let’s take a closer look at the main government grants for home improvements you could access that could help you benefit from measures such as loft insulation or cavity wall insulation and save energy.

ECO4 – One of the biggest Government Grants UK

The Energy Company Obligation is the government’s flagship when it comes to energy efficiency schemes to fund home improvement measures that will help households boost their home’s energy efficiency and reduce their household bills. It was launched in 2013, and funded by the main energy suppliers, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions across the UK to reduce our impact on climate change and ensure we reach the legally binding target of hitting net-zero target emissions by the year 2050.

To date, around 3.5 million energy efficiency measures, including free insulation, have been installed in over 2.4 million homes under the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.

ECO is now in its fourth and final rendition and will run until 2026. The main focus of ECO4 is on low-income households with homes that are fuel-poor and energy inefficient to ensure they get the measures they need to better retain heat in their properties and lower their energy bills yearly.

The ECO Scheme has been complemented by the Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) which is intended to run from Summer 2023 until March 2026, and extends support even further to households who could receive new insulation measures for their home, but who were not previously eligible for support under existing government-backed schemes.

One of the main aims of GBIS is to help as many households as possible, so in many cases the insulation measures funded will be loft insulation or cavity wall insulation (as this is usually the cheapest option). However, other types of insulation measures could be paid for with GBIS funding including solid wall insulation, solid floor insulation, underfloor insulation, and flat roof insulation. Secondary heating controls may also be provided by GBIS funding.

Looking for Home Improvement Grants UK 2024? ECO4 or GBIS is for you!

You may qualify for government grants for homeowners through ECO4 if you are currently in receipt of specific eligible benefits, you are a homeowner or a privately renting tenant, and your home is not energy efficient with a low EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating. There have been some notable changes to the eligibility requirements in ECO4 compared to ECO3, with certain means tested benefits being removed, so be sure to check the list of qualifying benefits listed below before starting an Eco grants application.

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme Rebate
  • Child Benefits
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit (new eligible benefit through ECO4)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (new eligible benefit through ECO4)

What difference will the Great British Insulation Scheme (previously ECO+) make to eligibility criteria?

The £1 billion Great British Insulation Scheme (formerly known as the ECO+ Scheme ) extends support to energy inefficient homes in lower Council Tax bands, in an effort to help some of the most vulnerable bring down their energy bills through insulation measures.

Some of the main details of the GBIS are as follows:

  • Households could receive up to £15,000 in home improvement grants
  • Households that do not currently benefit from government support to upgrade their home could benefit
  • 80% of the funding is available to those who are in some of the least energy-efficient homes in the country
  • This includes homes with an EPC rating of D or below or those in the lower Council Tax bands.
  • Around 20% of the fund targeted at the most vulnerable, including those on means-tested benefits or in fuel poverty

government grants for house repairs

The Green Deal Scheme

This scheme is no longer active but previously provided funding for households to make modern home improvements that would help them save on bills through energy efficiency measures. Some of the energy-efficient measures included:

  • Renewable energy sources (solar panels or heat pumps)
  • Energy-saving heating
  • Double glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Several different types of insulation (as mentioned above)

What about grants for home improvements in the heating sector?

Grants or financial assistance typically exist only for those in the lower-income brackets, and they focus on either paying the homeowner to offset high heating bills or making installation possible of measures, such as insulation, designed to raise the energy efficiency of the home. Less heat escaping the house means lower carbon footprint and reduced heating costs.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Typically known as the RHI, these payments were introduced to support and encourage the use of renewable heating systems such as heat pumps or biomass boilers. Eligible households would receive quarterly payments for seven years for using these systems exclusively, provided they stuck to the terms of the scheme.

The Winter Fuel Payment

As you can probably determine from the name, the winter fuel payment is financial aid that will offset high winter heating costs. Winter fuel payments are often between the ranges of £250 and £600.

Drops in temperature are bad for health and can make people more vulnerable to illnesses that not only affect wellbeing but also day-to-day productivity. If you are elderly and find yourself spending more time feeling cold rather than being warm and content, then this payment could help you. However, it is only available to those who were born on or before 25th September 1957.

The Warm Home Discount

This scheme is actually a one-off payment of £150, unlike the other discounts that deal on a timeframe. The exact terms of this may vary depending on who your energy supplier is so be sure to check how it can apply to you. Normally, the qualifying factors for this discount are:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Your energy supplier is part of the warm home discount scheme
  • Your name is on the energy bill (or the name of your partner)
  • You are a low-income household and need help with your bills
  • You are claiming specific means-tested benefits

The Cold Weather Payment

This government scheme is a heating financial help payment and can be applied in situations when the average temperature in the UK goes below zero for seven consecutive days. You could be eligible for this payment if you claim certain benefits already including:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (specifically including child care for a child with a disability)

Other factors that could mean you are eligible for the payment are:

  • If you are looking after a child with a disability and they require more than just child care.
  • If you have a child that is under the age of five living with you, and you take part in the care of that child financially.
  • You are not fully capable of working full-time.

Disabled Facilities Grants from the local authority

You could get a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council if you are disabled and need to make essential changes to your home to allow you to remain in your current property. A disabled facilities grant is available for essential work that will help a disabled person live a more independent life. Receipt of funding won’t affect any disability benefits you already receive and could help you with the cost of home improvement measures, such as widening doors, adding handrails, improving access, building extensions, or even providing a heating system suitable for your needs.

Disabilities include a range of conditions including physical disability, learning disability, age-related need, autism, cognitive impairment, progressive conditions, terminal illness, or mental health condition. You should apply to your local authority for a disabled facilities grant. Your local Home Improvement Agency (HIA) may be able to provide some practical help with modifications.

Check your eligibility for a home improvement grant

Contact us today to check your eligibility for government grants for energy saving improvements for homeowners. We can put you in touch with energy experts that will handle the entire process from securing the funding to installing your new insulation, so you can get the assistance you need without a stressful and time-consuming application process. 

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Oliver Creevy

Ollie has been writing content in the home improvement sector for over 3 years and over the last 18 months has really specialised in Government grants, researching the different funding available to UK citizens. Ollie is well placed to provide households with access to the right advice when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home. With knowledge of the various grant schemes past and present, including Boiler Upgrade Scheme, ECO4, LAD Scheme, Green Homes Grant and more, his knowledge will be invaluable to those looking for ways to reduce their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint through eco home improvement measures such as solar panels, insulation & heat pumps.

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