Could You Be Eligible For Government Energy Efficiency Help?

Could You Be Eligible For Government Energy Efficiency Help?

If you are a low-income family you might be able to take advantage of the government-backed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes which helps reduce fuel bills.

Funding available includes grants towards replacing old inefficient boilers with new condensing ones as well as free insulation. If your home was built between 1930 and 1980 and has not had insulation installed previously you will almost certainly be eligible.

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Funding is available for energy efficiency measures which may not produce huge savings on your energy bills but will make your home ‘greener’. The old government ‘Green Deal’ ended in July 2015 and offered to fund for solid wall insulation, internal wall insulation and cavity wall insulation. With the end of this scheme, you can now only apply under the ECO schemes which offer similar benefits.

Whether you are eligible for funding depends on a number of factors including your income, whether you receive benefits, where you live and what work needs to be undertaken.

Please Note – You could get £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you – it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March.

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If you are worried about your energy bills it is worth spending some time researching alternative suppliers on comparison websites. Your previous bills should give you a good idea of your average usage and you can use this to help find the best deal for your circumstances.

Other measures you can take include reducing the temperature on your thermostat by a couple of degrees, using low energy lightbulbs and switching off all appliances when you are not using them. Leaving a television on standby, for example, uses a shocking amount of electricity.

Please Note – It is possible to save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills with some of the expert tips available. Which? recently revealed some of the key ways to save electricity along with making your home more energy-efficient. Find out more right here.

What to do next

The best way to find out whether you are able to make use of funding available is to either contact your current energy supplier or the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234.

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Clare McDonald

As a mother of two, Clare knows the importance of being careful with money, so writes posts from personal experience. Clare also loves to find great deals, so shares her finding here.

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