Help to reduce your energy bills

Help to reduce your energy bills

As energy costs rise, we’re committed to helping our residents reduce their energy bills and become more energy efficient.

How does £10,000 of energy efficient home improvements sound?

The Sustainable Warmth Scheme, previously called the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, is here to help make your home warmer and more energy efficient.

It's available to homeowners in Essex with:

  • a household income of less than £30,000
  • a low home Energy Performance Certificate rating (D, E, F or G)

If your household income is less than £20,000 per year after mortgage or rent and council tax, you may still be eligible. Evidence of income and household costs will be required to progress the application.

Apply now

"Getting my loft insulated didn't cost me a penny and was so simple to sign up for. If I can do it, anybody can!" Grant recipient, Elizabeth from Tendring

Mrs Sadler on a ladder looking into her loft which has just been insulated

What's included

The scheme covers:

  • insulation
  • heating, excluding gas and oil boilers
  • heating controls
  • hot water systems
  • ventilation
  • solar thermal
  • lighting

Icons of the types of improvements covered by the Green Homes Grant

The funding covers the entire cost of the improvements, up to £10,000. For homes that are off the grid this increases to £25,000.

Who's eligible for the scheme

Homeowners in Essex

You need to own your home, however, if you live in rented accommodation funding is also available for your landlord.

Homes with a low home energy rating

To qualify, your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating will need to be E, F or G. You can check your EPC rating.

If your home is rated as Energy Performance Certificate D your application will still be considered, but you may be placed on a waiting list.

Households with an income below £30,000

To qualify, your joint household income needs to be below £30,000. You may also qualify if you have a member of the household receiving an eligible benefit, including:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credit


Funding is also available for private landlords. However, a 33% contribution from the landlord is required and the maximum funding per property is £5,000. For homes that are off the grid this increases to £16,666.

Ready to Apply?

Applications are now open for the Sustainable Warmth Scheme. Applications open until 31 December 2022.

Apply for a Sustainable Warmth grant

Energy Hub and Warmworks are managing this round of funding.

Last updated 10 February 2022