Heating and Insulation

How can I find out how energy efficient my house is and what I can do to save energy?

If you have moved into your house in the last 15 years, you should have an Energy Performance Certificate – this is a legal requirement every time a house is sold or rented out. This rates a house from A to G based on insulation, heating system and controls, fuel type, lighting etc. They also identify what you can do to improve the energy efficiency. You can search for your EPC by your address here


I don’t have central heating, are there any schemes that can help me with this?

If you already have a mains gas connection then you may be able to get a grant towards a first time central heating system if you receive certain benefits (see e.g. JJ Crump).

If you don’t have a mains gas connection, you could still get assistance towards a connection (see here), but it is harder to get a grant to cover a new heating system.

Where can I go for help with a new boiler?

There aren’t as many free boiler schemes as there were a few years ago and a household contribution is often required. The help that is still available stems from the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. To be eligible you will need to 1) own the property or rent from a private landlord, 2) receive means-tested benefits (disability benefits are no longer standalone qualifying benefits) and 3) have requirements for insulation – click here for more information. There is no help available for a replacement oil or LPG boiler and, even for gas, the installation must be accompanied by insulation measures as part of a ‘whole house’ approach.

Possible options: JJ Crump, Borthwick Heating, 0800 RepairYES Energy Solutions.

If you own your home, it is also worth contacting your local Council as many have home repair assistance type schemes that may be able to help with heating upgrades.


Can I get help with a renewable heating system?

There are grants for heat pumps available for homes that are not connected to mains gas. Possible options

North Yorkshire Council’s ‘Home Upgrade Grant’ – eligible if household income is under £31,000 and you are not connected to mains gas. If you do not live in North Yorkshire, check with your own local authority.

Connected for Warmth – eligible if you receive a means-tested benefit and have an EPC rating of E to G, with no mains gas.

Boiler upgrade scheme – since 23rd October, all households can apply for a grant of £7,500 to replace a fossil fuel boiler with a heat pump. 


Can I get a grant for new windows?

There have never really been any grants available for new windows, primarily because of the very high cost and the low level of energy savings that they generate. It may be worth checking with your local authority to see if they offer any kind of home repair assistance funds for home owners.


Can I get free loft and cavity wall insulation? 

Some possible places to try:

Connected for Warmth – fully funded insulation via the National Grid, eligible if your Council tax band is A to D.

Great British Insulation Scheme – grants of up to £1,500 for insulation, eligibility based on Council Tax A to D and EPC rating D to G

YES Energy Solutions – partner for North Yorkshire Council (and other local authorities) for energy efficiency measures.

E.ON Green Homes Grants – you do not have to be an E.ON customer