If you are thinking of making an energy saving improvement to your home, then you may be eligible for government grants to help fund the cost
The Warm Front scheme is available to individuals in England, who have a poorly insulated home and are currently in receipt of income related benefits (such as the pension credit). The grant can be as high as £6000 but if the cost exceeds this amount then the claimant has to fund the gap. There are also similar schemes available in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
To find out if your local authorities offer home improvement grants, give them a call or alternatively, visit the Energy Saving Trust website www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.
Moreover, most energy suppliers are under the Government’s Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) and therefore, are obliged to help consumers improve their home energy efficiency. You can take up an offer with a supplier even if that company does not supply you gas or electricity.
Further government incentives include the Green Deal, which is a loan type agreement whereby consumers can make energy saving improvements to their homes but not have to pay anything upfront. Interest will be paid on the loan, but you will save a lot more in the long run. Interestingly, the loan is attached to your house, so if you move, the incoming tenant will inherit the loan deal.
Certain local authorities in the UK will provide grants to their local residents to assist with energy efficiency measures. This may include home insulation or boiler replacement. The qualifications for such schemes are quite stringent, however, they may also provide other incentives (where qualification is less rigorous and sometimes universal) which will help reduce your carbon foot print and reduce your energy bills, such examples include; free energy efficient light bulbs.
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