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Energy Efficiency for your Home - Grants and Schemes

HUG2 – Home Upgrade Grant

Energy Efficiency for your home

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Home Efficiency Upgrades

Struggling with an old heating system? If your home uses oil, LPG, solid fuel heating or an electric heating system and you are struggling with your energy bills, you could upgrade at no cost to you.

Here are some of the ways your home could be transformed:


To keep your home warm and help cut energy bills.


A new low-carbon heating system

Heating Controls

Or an energy efficient hot water solution helping you to only use heat when you need to


Energy efficient lighting which is cheaper to run

Can I Apply?

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 £36,000 gross OR receiving certain income-related means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit OR you live in an area of Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).


Hard to heat homes – this is based on your home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

*Please note that mobile park homes and apartments are not eligible to apply


What is it?

ECO4 is a government scheme that offers support to low-income households in improving energy efficiency. By applying to ECO4, you have the opportunity to receive whole house retrofit support, funded by your energy suppliers.

ECO4 home improvements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Heat pumps
  • Solar energy panels
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Double glazing
  • Boiler upgrades
  • Internal wall insulation

1.Your household must receive at least one of the following government assisted benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefits
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit

2.The EPC rating for your home must be D, E, F, or G

All ECO4 and GBIS applications to be made through ‘Better Housing Better Health’ website

or telephone

0800 107 0044

The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS)

What is GBIS?

In order to assist homeowners in improving their home’s energy efficiency and lowering their energy costs, the government has developed alongside the ECO4 scheme a new grant programme, The Great British Insulation Scheme.

A “general eligibility group,” which includes properties in the lower council tax categories, will be part of GBIS’ support scheme and will focus on the least energy efficient performing homes.

GBIS will focus completely on insulation measures, namely loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

In order to be eligible for GBIS grant funding:

  • The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your house must have a D-G rating.
  • You must be in English council tax bands A-D
  • The EPC rating for your home must be D, E, F, or G.
  • Your EPC rating is the official recognition of the energy efficiency of your property.

GBIS is not open to applications for mobile homes/park homes

All ECO4 and GBIS applications to be made through ‘Better Housing Better Health’ website

or telephone

0800 107 0044

Better Housing Better Health

Better Housing Better Health provides a helpline to residents for assistance with ECO4/GBIS funding, energy-switching advice, fuel vouchers and small grants.

For more information visit the Better Housing Better Health website

Essex Energy Switch

The 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 helping to drive down prices offered. An auction is held where energy suppliers bid to offer the lowest energy tariff to residents.

There is no obligation for residents to accept the offered tariff if it isn't beneficial for you. The added bonus is that all energy suppliers must offer 100% renewable electricity.

For more information, please visit the Essex Energy Switch website