You can easily save money on your gas and electricity bills through energy efficient improvements. But what isnít always easy is finding the money to make those improvements. However, most pensioners around the UK will be eligible for some form of government grant to help with energy efficient improvements such as cavity wall and loft insulation.
If youíre over 60, or know someone who is, then there is financial help available if youíre planning to make energy efficient improvements to your home. This guide will give you a breakdown of what government grants are on offer for pensioners around the country, and how much money you could be eligible for. Read on and then do a postcode search with the Energy Saving Trust to see how much funding you could receiveÖ
The Warm Front scheme provides a package of insulation and heating improvements up to the value of £3,500 (or £6,000 if oil central heating is recommended), to low income families and other vulnerable households around England. It is a government-funded initiative, and is available to homeowners and those that rent from a private landlord.
To qualify for a Warm Front grant you must be either:
If you do not qualify for a Warm Front grant because you do not receive a relevant benefit, you may still be eligible for a £300 rebate.
For more information visit www.warmfront.co.uk, or call freephone 0800 316 2805.
The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) is a Welsh Assembly-funded initiative aimed at making homes in Wales warmer and more energy efficient. The HEES grant provides a package of heating and insulation improvements up to the value of £2,000 for homeowners that either have a child aged under 16 or are pregnant and have been given maternity certificate MAT B1 and are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
In addition to this, the HEES Plus offers grants of up to £3,600 for heating and insulation improvements to householders who are 60 or over and to single parents with a child under the age of 16. Again, claimants must be in receipt of one of a range of benefits.
Homeowners living in Wales who are aged over 80 do not need to be in receipt of any benefits to automatically qualify for HEES Plus.
For more information visit www.heeswales.co.uk, or call freephone 0800 316 2815.
The recently introduced Energy Assistance Package has replaced the Central Heating and Warm Deal energy efficiency grant schemes. The package is designed to help homeowners find cheaper energy prices to make sure they are on the right tariff, as well as ensuring that they claim any benefits they are entitled to.
The scheme, which is managed by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government, also provides insulation measures for homeowners who fit the eligibility criteria.
The package has four stages:
Depending on individual circumstances, enhanced efficiency measures included in the package may consist of installation of a new central heating system, a new boiler, and having room thermostats and heating controls fitted.
For more information visit www.scotland.gov.uk, or call freephone 0800 316 6009.
The Warm Homes Scheme began on 1 July 2001, and is funded by the Department for Social Development and managed by eaga plc. The scheme, specifically for homeowners and those that rent from a private landlord, provides a package of energy efficiency and heating measures, up to the value of £850. In addition to this, youíll also receive energy efficiency advice, tailored to your household, provided by a Home Visits team.
The energy efficiency measures available include:
The Warm Homes Plus Scheme also offers grants of up to £4,300 for an enhanced package of heating and insulation measures for those over 60 and who are in receipt of one of the necessary benefits. These pensioners may be eligible for additional heating measures if they donít have an Economy 7 or a solid fuel system.
For more information visit www.eaga.com, or call freephone 0800 181 667.
There are a number of grants available to pensioners around the country. To find a local grant that you may be eligible for, use the Energy Saving Trustís postcode checker and apply for more information on energy efficient improvement funding online. |
And donít forget to download our Complete Guide to Energy Efficiency for details and information on how much you could save on your energy bills through energy efficient improvements and insulation.