UK EXCLUSIVE: Government's Billion-Pound Home Insulation Scheme

12th October 2023
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Imagine keeping your home warm and cosy during winter while saving money on your energy bills. The UK government has launched the Great British Insulation Scheme, a massive £1 billion program aimed at helping families achieve just that. 

Led by The Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP and Lord Callanan of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, this initiative will provide essential home upgrades to over 300,000 homes in England, Scotland, and Wales.

 

Who Can Benefit from This Program?

This program is designed to help families living in homes with lower council tax bands that are not very energy-efficient. If your home has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below, you may qualify for this support.

 

How to Check If You Qualify

To make it easy for you, the government has created a simple online tool. You just need to answer a few questions about your home, like how you heat it, what kind of walls you have, and if you receive any benefits. The tool will then let you know if you're eligible for support.

 

What Government Officials Are Saying

Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho is determined to help families keep their homes warm during the winter while also reducing energy costs. She says, "Our Great British Insulation Scheme will help hundreds of thousands of people, including some of the most vulnerable in society, get the upgrades their homes need, while cutting their energy bills."

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, agrees that making homes more energy-efficient is the best way to protect vulnerable families from high energy bills.

 

Progress in Energy Efficiency

The government has been working hard to make homes more energy-efficient. In 2010, only 14% of homes had a good EPC rating (C or above). But in 2022, that number had jumped to 47%. This shows the positive impact of government efforts in this area.

 

Support Available: Home Upgrade Grant

If your home is not connected to the gas grid and has an EPC rating of D to G, there's something for you too. It's called the Home Upgrade Grant, and it covers various energy-saving measures, including insulation, draft proofing, new windows, doors, heat pumps, and solar panels.

Additional Support: Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme

In addition to the Great British Insulation Scheme, there's another program called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This program offers free home energy improvements. You can use the same online tool to check if you qualify for both schemes.

 

What Happens Once You’ve Checked Your Eligibility?

Once you've checked your eligibility using the online tool, the government will guide you on the next steps. They'll either connect you with your energy supplier for support through the ECO program and the Great British Insulation Scheme or with your local council for the Home Upgrade Grant. They're making it easy for you to make your home more energy-efficient.

 

Expert Opinion

Mike Thornton, Chief Executive of Energy Saving Trust, says that making homes more energy-efficient is essential for addressing both the energy crisis and climate emergency. It's like a win-win-win: lower energy bills, less impact on the environment, and more reliable energy sources.

 

Next Steps

The Great British Insulation Scheme, along with the ECO scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant, is here to help you save money and make your home cosier. By using the online tool, you can take the first step toward a warmer, more energy-efficient home.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to save money and improve your home's energy efficiency. Visit the Great British Insulation Scheme eligibility checker now to find out if you qualify or apply now.

For more information about the Great British Insulation Scheme and the eligibility checker tool, please visit this government official source.

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