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Energy Efficiency Grants in Perth and Kinross

Energy Efficiency Grants in Perth and Kinross

If you’re a resident of Perth and Kinross and you’re currently struggling with your energy costs, help could be at hand in the form of energy efficiency grants. The UK government is focused on reducing the growing problem of fuel poverty in the UK as well as addressing climate change. Fuel poverty is where people struggle to afford their heating costs and suffer as a result, either by not heating their homes or choosing between heating and other essential costs. 

Unfortunately over 3 million homes in the UK are affected by fuel poverty. ECO4 energy saving grants are designed to make improvements to your home that make managing monthly energy costs easier and more affordable. Here we take a closer look into the home energy efficiency grants available throughout Perth and Kinross and how you can take advantage of them.

At Energy Saving Grants, we help homeowners, landlords, and tenants to access the latest energy efficiency grants available. You could be eligible for FREE heating upgrades, insulation, solar panels and more. Use our grant checker form below to see if you qualify and a member of our grants team will be in touch.

What is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme?

The ECO4 scheme is a government programme designed to encourage energy companies to make energy-efficient improvements to homes that aren’t very efficient. 

Here’s the lowdown: 

Purpose: The scheme is all about combatting fuel poverty (this is where people can’t afford to heat their homes) and cutting down on harmful emissions. 

How it Works: The energy companies must improve less efficient homes. They choose what projects to fund and who they want to partner with. The grant is given directly to installers and not homeowners. 

Duration: The ECO4 scheme started on 1 April 2022 and will end on 31 March 2026, or earlier if the funding has been fully allocated prior to this date. 

Target Homes: If your home has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D-G, it is covered by the scheme. A comprehensive upgrade can improve efficiency in these homes significantly. 

Improvement Goals: The scheme aims to raise Perth and Kinross homes in bands D and E to at least a band C. Homes in bands F and G should reach at least band D. 

Types of Improvements: The ECO4 scheme promotes the installation of central heating for the first time, the installation of better insulation, and connection to main gas supplies. 

In a nutshell, ECO4 is all about encouraging energy companies to assist in making homes more energy-efficient. The main focus is on homes that aren’t currently efficient at all.

What Energy-Saving Measures Are Available?

For Perth and Kinross residents looking to improve energy efficiency in the home and reduce heating costs, there are many options available: 

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 Heating Costs Becoming More of a Struggle?

If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to manage your heating costs, you may be in fuel poverty without realising it. This is when you can’t afford to heat your home and instead make tough decisions. For example, you might be leaving your heating off or only using it for a short portion of the day. You might also be choosing to heat your home or buy food. 

This is no way to live and it doesn’t have to be that way. Homes in Perth and Kinross can be extremely difficult to keep warm due to the materials they are built from. The area has many stone-built homes that are cold and draughty. Some homes may also have no connection to mains gas supplies and instead depend on more costly fuels such as oil, coal, LPG or electricity.

How ECO Energy Saving Grants Can Help

ECO energy saving grants offer a wide selection of benefits to homeowners, landlords and tenants. 

Here are some reasons to apply: 

  • Financial Savings: Of course, one of the biggest reasons to apply for ECO4 funding is the big savings it can bring to your energy bills. Energy-efficient homes require less energy to keep them warm. 

  • Enhanced Comfort: Turn your cold and draughty home into a warm and cosy sanctuary. From insulation to efficient heating, ECO4 offers many ways to increase your comfort. 

  • Environmental Impact: We all want to prevent climate change and help the environment. Making your home more efficient can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • Increase Property Value: Did you know that improving energy efficiency could also help you sell your home in the future? Potential buyers may be more likely to purchase a home that costs less to run. 

  • Support For Vulnerable People: The ECO4 programme is designed to combat fuel poverty, helping vulnerable people and low-income households. And even if you don’t qualify for certain benefits, you may still be eligible for funding if you’re struggling with heating costs. 

  • Health Benefits: A cold and damp home can make conditions like asthma and arthritis worse. An insulated home that’s warm and comfortable can help to keep these conditions under better control. 

  • A Choice of Options: ECO4 funding includes a wide selection of improvement solutions tailored to suit the individual efficiency needs of your home. This includes wall insulation, renewable heating, and solar panels. 

  • No or Low Upfront Cost: Concerned about upfront costs? Many of the ECO4 improvements come with no or minimal costs. 

  • Government-Backed: The entire ECO scheme is backed by the UK government. This helps to ensure that all work is carried out following specific standards. 

  • Local Authority Flexibility (LA Flex): This provision allows Perth and Kinross council to determine households in its area that are in or at risk of fuel poverty, thereby expanding the potential eligibility for the scheme.

Am I Eligible For ECO4 Energy Efficiency Grants in Perth and Kinross?

A high proportion of homes in Perth and Kinross, are eligible for a grant, especially homes which are not connected to the mains gas network and have to use use Oil, LPG, electric or solid fuel for heating. 

You're likely to be eligible for the scheme if you receive any of the following: 

● Working Tax Credit 

● Pension Credit 

● Housing Benefit 

● Income Support 

● Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance 

● Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance 

● Child Tax Credits 

● Universal Credit 

● Child Benefits (depending on how much you earn)

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

Don’t worry if you don’t receive any of the grants above as you could still qualify thanks to the LA Flex programme. This part of the ECO scheme is available to Perth and Kinross homeowners, landlords and private tenants. It’s specifically designed for homes that don’t have a mains gas connection, where an occupant has a long-term health condition, or where the total household income is less than £31,000 per year. 

The local council doesn’t directly fund this scheme but can set the eligibility criteria. 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 which have low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings.

How We Can Help You to Apply For Energy Efficient Grants in Perth and Kinross?

Use our free Eligibility Grant Checker and one of our energy advisors will get in touch to discuss qualification criteria. Remember, you may be able to bypass the additional council criteria if somebody in your home receives tax credits or any of the benefits mentioned. 

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 only work with Trustmark accredited installers. This is your guarantee of quality no matter which energy saving improvements you have fitted. All installations carried out via a Government grant scheme come with up to a 25-year insurance-backed guarantee, depending on the particular product installed. 

We’re proud to have assisted countless residents in Perth and Kinross, including those in Perth, Kinross, Blairgowrie, New Scone, and Alyth in obtaining funding for energy efficiency improvements. Please note that we cannot assist social or council housing residents. Check with your landlord in these cases.

At Energy Saving Grants, we help homeowners, landlords, and tenants to access the latest energy efficiency grants available. You could be eligible for FREE heating upgrades, insulation, solar panels and more. Use our grant checker form below to see if you qualify and a member of our grants team will be in touch.

Apply Today to Unlock Energy Savings Throughout Your Home

If you’re a resident in Perth and Kinross looking to reduce energy costs, please enter your contact details in the Grant Checker below and a funding advisor will contact you to discuss which funding schemes you may be eligible for.

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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