Energy Efficiency Advice and Grants

Green Living Leicestershire

Green Living Leicestershire is a partnership between Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council and other Leicestershire district authorities. The aim is to deliver projects supporting sustainability and Net Zero - the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible.

Home Upgrade Grant

The Home Upgrade Grant is administered by the County Council's Warm Homes service together with YES Energy Solutions. This scheme can provide homeowners and private tenants with fully funded energy efficiency measures. The goal is to improve the warmth and comfort of homes whilst also reducing energy bills, carbon emissions and levels of fuel poverty across the county.

The scheme supports households that do not have mains gas as a primary heating system such as those with electric, heating oil, LPG or solid fuel heating. Households that only use gas for cooking or secondary room heating can still apply.

Eligibility criteria includes households within priority neighbourhood areas. More widely, this caters to households with an income of £31,000 or less per year or in receipt of means tested benefits with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D,E,F or G (D or E in private rental). It will prioritise the most energy inefficient households. 

For more information on the grants, including the full eligibility criteria, eligible postcode areas or to apply, visit the County Council's Green Living Leicestershire site. See the external links section at the bottom of the page. Or you could call project delivery partner YES Energy Solutions on 0330 912 6199, who can support residents with their applications. 

Energy Company Obligation (ECO 4) 

Grants are available via larger energy suppliers and installers working on their behalf for a range of insulation measures and support to upgrade or replace inefficient or broken heating systems. 

Some measures require a household contribution and the measures available from providers may vary. 

ECO grants are primarily directed at owner occupier homes with Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in bands D,E,F & G. Eligible households must be in receipt of qualifying benefits, or on a low income (less than £31,000 per year).

Find ways to save energy in your home and check your eligibility by following the Simple Energy Advice link at the bottom of this page. 

Boiler Upgrade Scheme 

The Government is providing grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps and biomass boilers, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS).

Grants of up to £6,000 are available to subsidise the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies. 

The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It runs from 2022 to 2025. 

For more information on this, you can visit the Ofgem website. 

Energy Switching

  • Join our big community Switch and Save which gives residents the opportunity to save on their energy bills and go green by switching to 100% renewable electricity
  • Find out more about our Blaby Switch and Save service.

There are a number of ways to get help to reduce energy costs:

  • Energy efficient tips are available from the Simple Energy Advice Website 
  • Information on changing your energy supplier can be found at Citizen's Advice
  • Your energy provider can sometimes help you reduce your costs - get in touch with them directly

Website links can be found down below. 

Advice for businesses on reducing energy bills

The Carbon Trust provide information on energy efficiency to businesses with a toolkit for small and medium sized enterprises. 

Last updated 21 August 2023
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