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How to apply for home energy saving grants ...

Although many home energy improvements are cheap to buy, some of the most effective efficiency measures can cost hundreds of pounds each.

There's no doubt that your initial investment will be recovered within a few years due to lower energy bills, but many homeowners simply cannot afford to pay the full price of improvements like installing a new boiler or having cavity wall insulation.

So if you are considering making improvements to your home, energy saving grant's and special offers may be available from your energy suppliers, the Government and local authorities.

Energy supplier grants & offers

As part of the ECO (Energy Company Obligation), the main six energy companies are obliged to assist home owners reduce their energy consumption, bills and carbon emissions. Part of this is the Affordable Warmth Obligation which requires the energy providers to offer heating and insulation improvements for low-income and vulnerable households. This is a means tested initiative and you can check if you are eligible by calling the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

Government and Local authority grants

Most local authorities provide well established energy efficiency schemes with some offering a reduction in council tax for certain measures. Use the database link below or contact your local council.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is a government incentive to promote the use of renewable heating. Successful applicants who stick to its rules, receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat their system produces. To find out more visit the Ofgem website.

How to find energy saving grants in your area

The best way to find energy efficiency grants in your area is to use the Energy Saving Trust grant database. Simply enter your post code, select a few options and a comprehensive list of grants and offers is displayed in seconds.

Alternatively, you can use the Energy Grants Calculator on the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

Energy Saving Tip: Invest in energy saving light bulbs for your home - they last around 12 times longer than normal bulbs and use 75% less electricity, saving you around £65 over the lifespan of the bulb.