Home Upgrade Grants
Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) is a new Government grant scheme to fund energy-saving upgrades for residents with off-grid gas heating systems who are most likely to be impacted by the high cost of energy bills. If your home was cold last winter and you struggled to pay your bills, you might be eligible. HUG2 funding is now open to private tenants, landlords and home-owners and will be available until March 2025.
This scheme could help you to use less energy, reduce your carbon footprint and spend less on your energy bills.
The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2) is open to home-owners and private tenants in:
- Homes not heated by mains gas which includes oil, coal, LPG or only electric heating
- Households with a combined annual income of less than £31,000 or receiving certain income-related means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit or you live in certain areas
- Hard to heat homes – this is based on your home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You will be helped with this part of the assessment and receive a free EPC assessment if you do not have one already.
Landlords who have four or fewer properties, will be able to apply and will be required to contribute at least one third of the cost of the upgrades in addition to the funding provided. This will be agreed before work begins.
How it will help
You may be offered energy saving improvements to help cut your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions. These could include:
- insulation: (cavity wall, external wall, internal wall, loft, underfloor, hot water tank)
- solar panels
- air source heat pump
- heating controls
- energy efficient lighting
A survey will identify what is suitable for your home and you’ll get a free updated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessment.
Who manages the scheme
Warmworks are the Managing Agent of the scheme on behalf of Maldon District Council and have over eight years’ experience of delivering energy efficiency improvements, having already helped more than 40,000 homes across the country.
They work with local, registered and accredited installers, and all work receives an independent inspection to make sure it meets industry safety and quality standards.
You can apply via: hugapply.co.uk/ or by calling the Energy Saving Trust on 0808 1968255.
The Great British Insultation Scheme (GBIS)
This grant scheme is for owner-occupiers, people who rent privately, tenants and landlords, and for properties fuelled by all energy types (gas, electric, oil, LPG etc).
You may be able to get support to install:
- cavity wall insulation
- solid wall insulation (internal or external)
- loft insulation
- flat or pitched roof insulation
- underfloor insulation
- solid floor insulation
- park home insulation
- room-in-roof insulation
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Insulation and Heating Grants
There is help available under the ECO scheme, supporting the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas, in properties that are harder to treat and for those with some health conditions.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
In certain circumstances households may qualify for a discount of up to £135 off their fuel bill. This will depend upon your personal circumstances and your energy supplier. You can check your eligibility for a discount.
Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) scheme
Grant assistance for various home energy efficiency measures are available under the Home Heating Cost Reductions Obligation (HHCRO) scheme (also known as "Affordable Warmth").
Your eligibility for grant-assisted cavity wall and loft insulation measures under the HHRCO is dependent on your receipt or eligibility for certain benefits.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
The Government offers an upgrade scheme where you could get a grant to cover part of the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems with a heat pump or biomass boiler.
Improvements in Private Rented Property
Laws have been introduced designed to improve energy efficiency of homes in the private rented sector. From April 2016 private tenants had the right to request consent for improvements to make their homes more comfortable, and easier and cheaper to keep warm, and the landlord cannot unreasonably refuse. There are a number of government supported schemes that provide finance for home energy improvements such as insulation and efficient heating systems. Tenants can find out if they are eligible for government support schemes by contacting: The Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm),
The Regulations also set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These regulations make it unlawful for landlords to grant a new lease or tenancy of properties that have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E, from 1 April 2018. The regulations do not affect sales. They apply to both commercial and domestic rented properties, with some exceptions.
Essex Energy Switch
One of the simplest ways of saving on energy bills is to switch energy supplier.
Essex Energy Switch is a group buying scheme for gas and electricity.
It brings people together in search of a better deal on their energy bills. This collective buying power helps to drive down prices. An auction is held where energy suppliers bid to offer the lowest energy tariff to residents.
There is no obligation to accept the offered tariff if it isn't beneficial. The added bonus is that all energy suppliers must offer 100% renewable electricity.
Register online or call 0800 048 8439 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm) to register and receive information by post. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm. You will need a recent energy bill to to sign up.
Other useful links
Visit the Energy Saving Trust to find out how you can save more money on your energy bills.
If you're not connected to the mains gas supply, you can still save money on heating oil by joining the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) community oil buying scheme.