According to the latest government figures, homes throughout the United Kingdom may be losing as much as three hundred pounds each year as a result of inefficient energy practices. This can cause a great deal of financial strain and to promote a more sustainable approach, the government has provided homeowners with a wealth of energy grants. Many of these vehicles are used to help encourage “green” technologies and a reduced dependence upon fossil fuels.
The Different Types of Grants Available
One of the largest green energy grants within the United Kingdom is known as the Green Deal. This will supply homeowners with a substantial financial reimbursement if they decide to upgrade certain appliances within their home (such as a boiler) with a more efficient model. Alongside the Green Deal is a scheme known as the ECO (Energy Company Obligation). This is designed to aid homes in poorer parts of the United Kingdom with making energy improvements.
Feed-in tariffs are another form of grant; this time as a subsidy. This is primarily geared towards those homes that supply the electrical grid with additional energy through renewable means (such as solar power, for instance). A feed-in tariff provides financial support and utilities rebates. Also, there is a one-off reward known as the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) that is available to households which install renewable heating systems such as a heat pump or a wood boiler.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility requirements will depend upon the household in question. While there are detailed analyses of the exact requirements on the associated websites, there are some general guidelines that are useful to note. As a main principle, the applicant must be the owner of the property in question. Citizens who are already within programmes such as the Job Seeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or that are receiving Child Tax Credit will usually be eligible. Also, homes that are determined to have older energy systems (upon official inspection) and were built after a certain time period can be eligible for the aforementioned energy grants.
How to Apply
While an application can be made to the supplier of an individual grant, the most efficient way to apply is directly through the portal found at www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator. The main determinants will be the age of the home and any energy-saving measures that are already in place. Through a simple online questionnaire, the individual can learn which grants may be available. Thereafter, the links to the grant in question can be chosen. A separate application page will appear as well as a host of relevant information. Claims can normally be made by phone or by post. In certain circumstances, an online claims form may also be available.