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Energy Efficiency Grants in Conwy

Energy Efficiency Grants in Conwy

If you’re a Conwy resident struggling to afford your heating costs, there could be help available. More and more people in the UK struggle to pay their heating bills, unaware that they could be eligible for energy efficiency grants that reduce energy costs and emissions. 

The ECO4 energy saving grants scheme is designed to upgrade less energy-efficient homes, bringing down energy use and reducing costs in the process. You could make some big savings and free yourself from the fuel poverty trap. Let’s explore these home energy efficiency grants and whether you might be eligible for free upgrades in your home.

What is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme?

ECO4 is a government-backed UK scheme that encourages energy companies to improve home energy efficiency. Here’s a breakdown of how it works: 

Purpose: The scheme is designed to combat the growing problem of fuel poverty in the UK and reduce harmful carbon emissions. 

How it Works: Energy companies in the UK have to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Conwy and decide where they will allocate funding and who to partner with. This grant isn’t allocated directly to homeowners. 

Duration: The ECO4 scheme started on 1 April 2022 and will end on 31 March 2026, or sooner if the £4 billion in funding is allocated before this date. 

Target Homes: ECO4 targets the country’s least energy-efficient homes, specifically those with an EPC rating of D-G. 

Improvement Goals: Conwy homes in brands D and E should be improved to reach at least band C, while homes in bands F and G should reach at least band D. 

Types of Improvements: The scheme offers several upgrades, including better insulation, central heating for the first time, and renewable heating solutions. In simple terms, the scheme is designed to encourage energy companies to bring less efficient homes to a level where they are energy efficient.

What Energy-Saving Measures Are Available?

There are several energy saving upgrades available to Conwy residents, including: 

Electric Storage Heaters: High heat retention storage heaters utilise cheap off-peak electricity to charge overnight and the heaters then release the heat slowly throughout the day. Storage heaters can be a much more energy efficient and cost effective way of heating a property as opposed to electric convector heaters.

External Wall Insulation – EWI involves installing insulation boards on the outside walls of the property and rendering over the top. EWI is a great way of insulating a solid wall property. However, it is not suitable if the property is a listed building or in a conservation area.

Loft Insulation: Adds or upgrades insulation in the attic to retain heat within the habitable rooms in the property.

Internal Wall Insulation: This work involves installing insulation and plasterboard on the inside walls of the property. This is a very effective way of insulating older properties that are constructed with solid brick or solid stone walls.

Cavity Wall Insulation: Polystyrene beads are inserted within the cavity between the external and internal walls to reduce heat loss via the walls. Not all properties are suitable for cavity wall insulation and so a survey would need to be carried out to determine if your property was suitable.

Gas Central Heating: If there are currently no radiators in your property and the property has an existing gas meter, then funding may be available to install a boiler and radiators to supply hot water and heat.

Air Source Heat Pump: An ASHP harnesses heat from the external environment to provide hot water and central heating for your home. This can be a very effective way of heating a home, especially if used in conjunction with solar panels, which would provide free electricity to run the heat pump.

Solar PV: Renewable technology that converts sunlight into electricity, to provide free electric for your home every day of the year.

Room In Roof Insulation: Used to insulate a loft that has been converted into a habitable room.

Are You Affected By Fuel Poverty?

Are you finding it harder to afford your energy bills? Perhaps you are only switching on your heating for short periods during the day. Fuel poverty refers to a situation where a household is unable to afford the necessary energy costs to maintain a warm, safe, and adequately lit home. This often means having to make tough choices between heating the home and other essential expenses, such as food or clothing. 

There are various reasons for this, including the fact that many homes in Conwy aren’t connected to the mains gas network and therefore have to rely on more expensive fuels such as oil, coal, LPG or electricity; plus a lot of the properties are old stone built cottages and houses which can be very cold and draughty.

How ECO4 Energy Saving Grants Can Help

Applying for ECO4 funding offers many benefits for homeowners, landlords, and residents. Here are some of them: 

Financial Savings: Once your new energy efficiency upgrades have been completed, you can look forward to a home that is easier to keep warm and has lower energy costs. 

Enhanced Comfort: ECO4 includes a range of energy upgrades designed to improve your comfort. These range from improved insulation through to efficient heating systems that keep your home at a consistent temperature. 

Environmental Impact: If you care about the environment, you’ll be pleased to know that energy-efficient upgrades will help to reduce your carbon footprint and the emissions released into the environment. 

Increase Property Value: When you upgrade heating, insulation, etc. you can also raise your property’s resale value. A lower EPC is an attractive feature to prospective buyers. 

Support For Vulnerable People: If you are suffering as a result of the fuel crisis, it’s time to take action. ECO4 makes it easier for vulnerable people to afford to heat their homes and specifically targets those living with the problem of fuel poverty. 

Health Benefits: When you live in a home with cold spots and severe dampness, the effect on your health can be great and can make certain conditions such as asthma and arthritis much worse. Upgrades can have a big impact and improve health significantly. 

A Choice of Options: The ECO4 scheme offers a wide selection of solutions suitable for different homes, including wall insulation, loft insulation, solar panels and renewable heating systems. 

No or Low Upfront Cost: Worried about upfront costs? Don’t be. Most upgrades under ECO4 come with minimal or no upfront costs. 

Government-Backed: The ECO scheme is supported by the UK government, ensuring that all work is carried out in compliance with specific standards. 

Local Authority Flexibility (LA Flex): LA Flex allows local authorities to determine which households are most at risk of fuel poverty and to extend eligibility for the scheme.

Am I Eligible For ECO4 Energy Efficiency Grants in Conwy?

Most homes in Conwy that are not connected to the mains gas network, may be eligible to receive an energy saving grant. We may be able to obtain funding if the property is privately owned or privately rented. You're likely to be eligible for the scheme if you receive any of the following: 

● Working Tax Credit 

● Pension Guarantee Credit 

● Housing Benefit (now part of ECO4) 

● Income Support 

● Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance 

● Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance 

● Child Tax Credits 

● Child Benefits (depending on how much you earn) 

● Universal Credit 

● Pension Credit Savings Credit (new in ECO4)

Can I Get a Grant If I’m Not on Benefits?

Not receiving any of the benefits above? It’s not the end of the road. You may be able to have energy upgrades carried out under the LA Flex program. It’s part of the government-backed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme and is available to Conwy homeowners, landlords and private tenants. It’s designed to target homes that don’t have a connection to natural mains gas, where an occupant has a long-term health condition, or where the total income of the household is below £31,000 per year. 

LA Flex isn’t directly funded by the local council but the Council determine who can benefit from it. Two further government schemes, the Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) and Local Authority Delivery (LAD) are also available, both aimed at improving the energy efficiency of properties that have low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings.

How We Can Help You to Apply For Energy Efficient Grants in Conwy

Reach out to us through our Eligibility Grant Checker, and one of our energy advisors will get in touch to discuss your eligibility. Remember, if somebody in your household is in receipt of tax credits or any of the benefits mentioned above, you’re already eligible and will be able to bypass additional council criteria. 

We offer a simple 3-step process: 

Apply Online: Begin by completing our online form for a preliminary assessment. Our dedicated grants team will review your submission to see if you qualify for any government funding. 

Survey: Upon a successful application, we'll coordinate a no-cost, no-obligation survey. This ensures you benefit from the maximum grant possible and introduces you to the best energy-saving products tailored for your home. 

Installation: Energy Saving Grants is proud to partner with some of the best Trustmark accredited installers across the country. This mark of quality ensures your upgrades are completed to the very highest standard. Not only that but work is also covered by an insurance-backed guarantee of up to 25 years, depending on the installations carried out. 

We've assisted many residents in Conwy, including those in Abergele, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, in obtaining funding for solar panels, central heating, and insulation. Please be aware that we cannot assist residents in social housing – we would advise you to contact your landlord for energy efficiency improvements.

Unlock Energy Savings Throughout Your Conwy Home

If you’re looking for help reducing your energy costs and escaping the never ending trap of fuel poverty we can assist. Our advisors can tell you which energy grants are available and run through the eligibility criteria with you. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you could be taking advantage of energy savings throughout your home.

Check Your Eligibility Using Our Grant Checker

Please ensure that all information provided below is 100% accurate. Any errors in your personal information could delay or prevent you qualifying for a government funded grant.

Please note that you do not necessarily need to be in receipt of tax credits or benefits as we still may be able to obtain funding for you via your Council or through other funding schemes.

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