There are many different types of financial assistance available to homeowners. They can help out with energy efficiency improvements, reduce your bills or pay you for using renewable energy.
Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme
If you own or rent you could be eligible for grant funding to help improve the energy efficiency of your home. To qualify households need to have an annual household income of less than £30,000 (gross) and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated D,E,F or G.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Flexible Eligibility
The Energy Company Obligation is a government energy efficiency scheme aimed at helping low income and vulnerable households access funding for heating and insulation measures.
Recent changes to the scheme mean local authorities can now set their own qualifying eligibility criteria and provide access to funding. Councils in East Sussex have all signed up to a ‘Statement of Intent’ that explains how the funding will be used in our local area (in accordance with the latest version of ECO). The latest versions can be downloaded below:
Warm Home Check Service
East Sussex County Council provides a free Warm Home Check Service for low income households who own or privately rent their property. If you are on a low income and are either: an older person, a family with children, a disabled person or someone with a long term health condition (or if anyone in your household is), then you may qualify for this service.
The Warm Home Check includes:
- A full assessment of your home and how best to keep it warm
- Small preventative works, such as improving insulation or repairing boilers
- Emergency temporary heating
- Advice on getting help with the cost of heating your home
It is quick and easy to self-refer online for a Warm Home check . Alternatively, text WARM to 81400 or Call 03444 111 444.
The Warm Home Check service is commissioned by East Sussex Public Health and delivered by RetrofitWorks and Citizen’s Advice East Sussex.
Warmer Sussex is a not for profit organisation made up of advocates, advisers, designers and contractors working together to help households in the local area retrofit their homes to an energy efficient standard. Visit Warmer Sussex or telephone 0330 223 5755 for more information.
Winter Fuel Payments
If you were born on or before 5 April 1954 you should get a Winter Fuel Payment of £100 – £300 to help pay your heating bills. How much you get will depend on your circumstances, and may be higher if you receive certain benefits.
Payments should happen automatically in either November or December, are tax free and do not affect your other benefits.
Cold Weather Payments
Cold Weather Payments of £25 are made for each 7 day period of cold weather recorded as, or forecast to be, lower than zero degrees Celsius between 1 November and 31 March.
You can receive cold weather payments if you’re getting certain benefits including Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers or Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest.
Warm Homes Discount (WHD)
The Warm Home Discount is a one-off payment of £140 towards your electricity bill between September and March. It is available to households who receive Guarantee Credit Pension Credits, or those on low incomes who meet their energy suppliers criteria. People on pre-payment meters are also eligible.
Contact your electricity supplier to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply. This discount does not affect any Cold Weather or Winter Fuel payments you receive (see below).
Parity Trust Energy Efficiency Loans
The Parity Trust are a socially responsible ethical lender regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They provide financial assistance to households to help install a range of energy saving measures including renewables, heating systems and insulation measures. Loans range from £1,000 to £25,000 at a typical fixed interest rate of 5.63% APR. To be eligible you must:
- Be over 18
- Be an owner or leaseholder with at least 5 years to the lease expires
- Have a duty or power to carry out the work
- Have a household income of less than £60,000
Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)
The Smart Export Guarantee is administered by Ofgem and pays households for electricity exported to the grid from a range of technologies including solar PV, wind, hydro, micro combined heat and power and anaerobic digestion.
To be part of the scheme you will need to contact the participating energy suppliers. You don’t have to use your current energy supplier to receive SEG payments so it is worth shopping around. Some tariffs may also allow for payments to be made if you export from a battery.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The Renewable Heat Incentive pays a set tariff for the heat generated from a range of renewable energy technologies including heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass. Ofgem administers the scheme with payments made on a quarterly basis over 7 years. To estimate the payments you can expect to receive visit the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payment calculator.