Energy Efficiency Grants & Incentives
Under Government plans, all old homes will have basic energy efficiency measures by 2015, and by 2020 seven million homes will have been upgraded to significantly improve the energy performance.
The Energy Saving Trust can work with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to design and develop housing refurbishment programmes. They have extensive knowledge of programme delivery and strategy development, alongside in-depth data on housing stock in the UK. They can support you to develop your programme to deliver cost effective methods to save carbon and benefit residents. For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
There are a number of schemes available to help with the costs of having energy-saving improvements fitted in your home:
Green Deal - A Government-backed scheme to help you make cost-effective energy saving improvements. Instead of paying for the full cost of the improvements up front, you pay over time through a charge added to your electricity bill.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The Domestic RHI is a Government financial incentive to encourage a switch to renewable heating systems. It’s a way to help the UK reduce carbon emissions and is for households both off and on the gas grid. The domestic RHI provides financial support to the owner of the renewable heating system for seven years.
The domestic RHI supports the following renewable heating technologies:
- Biomass (wood fuelled) boilers
Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers which provide space heating
Ground to water heat pumps
Air to water heat pumps
Solar thermal panels – flat plate or evacuated tube only which provide hot water for your home
Feed In Tariff (FIT)
If you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the UK Government's Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs) could mean that you get money from your energy supplier.
You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid. And of course you'll also save money on your electricity bill, because you'll be using your own electricity.
Most domestic technologies qualify for the scheme, including:
- solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone)
wind turbines (building mounted or free standing)
micro combined heat and power (CHP).
Some local authorities may also provide energy-saving grants or other offers for local residents to install certain energy efficiency measures in their home. Call your local authority to see if there is any help available in your area.
For further information on Grants and Incentives visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk