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Energy Efficiency for your Home - Grants and Schemes


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

Applications: email:

Telephone: 01284 812520 or 0800 5877795

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

Applications: email:

Telephone: 01284 812520 or 0800 5877795

HUG2 – Home Upgrade Grant

Energy Efficiency for your home

Save £££ on your energy bill.

Delivered by WARMWORKS in partnership with Department for Energy & Net Zero.


Telephone: 0808 196 8255

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?

You could be eligible if your household:

Is off gas for heating (for example, uses oil, LPG, solid fuel heating or an electric heating system)


Has a combined annual income of no more than £31,000 (gross) or, under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs


Live in a hard to heat home.

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

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

Solar Together Scheme – Register Now for 2024

Solar Together is a unique group-buying scheme for solar photovoltaic panels (PV solar panels) and battery storage.

This scheme will make solar PV and batteries more accessible and more affordable for a great number of homes.

With a group-buying scheme, it becomes easier to buy your solar PV system and battery storage. And by buying together, you gain a competitive price.

Residents from across the country are grouped together to increase bargaining power, ensuring residents get the most competitive offer from pre-vetted installers.

Solar Together applications open on the 29th January 2024 and close on the 22nd March 2024.

Register now on: