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Grant funding available to improve energy efficiency in homes

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Posted on 16 February 2022

A new scheme to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Allerdale has been launched.

The Green Homes Grants (LAD2) provides funding for residents who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their home. It is targeted at those living in the least efficient properties. These are likely to be properties with an energy efficiency rating of E to G. However, properties with an efficiency rating of a D may be considered too.  

To be eligible the household must have an income of less than £30,000 or someone in the home must receive a means-tested benefit such as Universal Credit or Income Support. 

The scheme is being provided by Allerdale Borough Council in partnership with Eden District Council who are the local lead authority and the energy company E.ON. Eden council has been working with the Local Energy Northwest Hub who sit within the department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who award the grant funding. In total some £5.07m has been allocated to Cumbria. 

Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded under the scheme for owner occupiers. If people live in tenanted properties, then a minimum contribution by the landlord of one third of the total cost is required, with the average subsidy cost not to exceed £5000 per dwelling. 

All the necessary information is available on our website .

The sort of measures that can be funded are: 

  • External Wall Insulation (EWI). 
  • Solar PV. 
  • Loft insulation. 
  • Cavity Wall Insulation. 
  • Air Source Heat Pumps. 
  • Smart heating controls. 

Cllr Marion Fitzgerald, the council's deputy leader with responsibility for housing, said: “Energy prices are high on the agenda at the moment, and making your homes more efficient is a good way to reduce your heating bills. Therefore, I’d encourage everyone who is eligible for this scheme, to get their application in as soon as possible.” 

All residents need to do is go to the council’s website, check if they are eligible and then apply. To apply, residents need to go to E.ON's website  or telephone 0333 202 4820.  

E.ON will do a phone assessment to confirm measures and eligibility, before making arrangements to do a home survey. 

The deadline for carrying out an assessment and to determine household eligibility is the end of March 2022. All works must be completed by the end June 2022.  

It is the responsibility of the property owner to check any planning permission requirements for any alterations to their property paid for through this scheme.  Funding applications for certain buildings will not be considered without prior planning permission having been granted. This could be the case with properties such as those that are listed, are in the Lake District National Park or in Conservation Areas. Other circumstances may also apply. 

The scheme aims to:  

  • Help people to lower their energy bills by increasing lower-income homes’ energy efficiency rating.   
  • Progress towards the UK’s target for carbon net zero by 2050.  
  • Support clean growth and ensure homes are thermally comfortable, efficient, and well adapted to climate change.  
  • Support economic resilience and a green recovery in response to the economic impacts of Covid-19, creating thousands of jobs. 

Residents can check their property’s energy rating online