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Energy Efficiency Grants in the Vale of Glamorgan

Energy Efficiency Grants in the Vale of Glamorgan

If you’re a resident of the Vale of Glamorgan and you’re struggling to afford your energy bills then we may be able to assist. There are some energy efficiency grants that you may qualify for, that entitle you to free energy upgrades around your home. Perhaps your home isn’t connected to the mains gas network and you’re depending on other expensive types of heating such as LPG or coal or oil. 

Or maybe, your home is very draughty and difficult to keep warm on a budget. The fuel poverty crisis is a big problem in the UK and it’s getting worse year on year. Fortunately, ECO4 energy saving grants are available to help you reduce your energy costs and increase your comfort. Let’s explore these home efficiency grants in more detail and determine whether you may be eligible to apply.

What is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme?

The ECO4 programme is a UK government scheme that aims to encourage energy companies to improve energy efficiency in homes throughout the country. Here’s a breakdown of what that means: 

Purpose: The scheme is designed to assist people living with fuel poverty and to reduce carbon emissions that damage the environment. 

How it Works: Energy companies are required to make energy efficiency improvements to homes in the UK. They decide which projects to fund and who to partner with. ECO4 grants go directly to the installer on completion of any work and are not paid to the homeowner. 

Duration: The ECO4 scheme started on 1 April 2022 and will end on 31 March 2026 (or sooner if the funding runs out prior to this). 

Target Homes: If your home has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D-G, you may be eligible for a comprehensive upgrade to improve efficiency and your EPC rating. 

Improvement Goals: Homes in the Vale of Glamorgan in bands D and E should be improved to at least a band C rating, while homes in bands F and G should be improved to a band D at least. 

Types of Improvements: There are many improvements included under the scheme, including central heating, renewable heating solutions and also solar PV panels to provide your home with free electricity. 

ECO4 is a scheme specifically designed to help make the UK’s homes more energy efficient, focusing on homes that aren’t currently efficient.

What Energy-Saving Measures Are Available?

For Vale of Glamorgan residents keen on enhancing the energy efficiency of their properties, a range of measures are available. These include: 

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.

Struggling to Afford Rising Energy Costs?

If you’re finding it harder and harder to afford rising energy costs, it’s good to know you’re not alone and that help is at hand. Perhaps you’re regularly making the tough choice of choosing to put the heating on or affording food for the week. Or maybe, you don’t put your heating on at all for fear of the cost. 

Whatever the problem, ECO4 energy saving grants are designed to free you from the grips of fuel poverty. But why are some homes harder and more expensive to heat anyway? Well, many homes in the Vale of Glamorgan aren’t connected to the mains gas network. Instead, these homes rely on more expensive fuels, such as LPG, oil, coal and electricity. Furthermore, many homes are stone built properties which are unfortunately very inefficient.

How ECO4 Energy Saving Grants Can Help

ECO4 funding offers a myriad of benefits for homeowners, landlords and tenants, including: 

Financial Savings: Perhaps the biggest benefit of ECO4 is the savings it can bring on your energy costs. Once your home has been made more energy efficient, it will cost considerably less to heat. 

Enhanced Comfort: In addition to the savings you’ll make, ECO4 energy saving grants also enhance your comfort. From insulation to new heating systems, all of these improvements reduce drafts and help you maintain a consistent temperature. 

Environmental Impact: Also, a more energy efficient home is better for the environment as it produces less in the way of carbon emissions. 

Increase Property Value: You might not be thinking about selling your home yet, but it’s good to know that energy-efficient homes typically sell faster than less-efficient ones. 

Support For Vulnerable People: Home energy efficiency grants are designed to target fuel poverty, helping the vulnerable and those in low-income households. You could be eligible for improvements even if you don’t receive certain benefits. 

Health Benefits: Conditions such as arthritis and respiratory diseases can be made worse if you live in a cold and damp home. Creating a well-insulated and adequately heated home can help to relieve these conditions. 

A Choice of Options: There are many improvement options available under ECO4 including insulation, renewable heating and solar panels. This means all homes will receive the most suitable upgrades. 

No or Low Upfront Cost: Another financial benefit of ECO4 is that improvements come with no or minimal costs for homeowners. 

Government-Backed: Backed by the UK government, the ECO scheme ensures that all work complies with specific standards and that homeowners have protection. 

Local Authority Flexibility (LA Flex): LA Flex allows local authorities to identify households in their areas that could be at risk. This expands the eligibility criteria for the scheme.

Am I Eligible For ECO4 Energy Efficiency Grants in the Vale of Glamorgan?

A high proportion of homes in the Vale of Glamorgan, are eligible for a grant, especially homes which are not connected to the mains gas network and 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 

● Child Benefits (depending on how much you earn) 

● Universal Credit 

● Pension Credit Savings Credit

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

There is hope for those who are not on benefits but who could still be classified as being a vulnerable household. The LA Flex scheme is part of the Energy Company Obligation scheme and is available to homeowners, landlords and tenants in the Vale of Glamorgan. It’s designed for homes that aren’t connected to the mains gas supply, where an occupant has a longstanding health condition or where the total household income is below £31,000 a year. 

Even though the LA Flex scheme isn’t directly funded by the council, the council sets 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 the Vale of Glamorgan?

Our free and simple-to-use Eligibility Grant Checker is the first place to start when applying for ECO4 energy saving grants. One of our energy advisors will be in touch to discuss eligibility criteria. Remember, if somebody in your home receives tax credits or any of the other benefits mentioned above, you’re already eligible. 

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 completed. All energy saving measures installed via the Government grant scheme are supplied with an insurance-backed guarantee of up to 25 years, depending on the specific improvement carried out. 

We have helped hundreds of residents in the Vale of Glamorgan, including those in Bridgend, Bonvilston, Barry, and Cowbridge. Please note that we are unable to assist residents in social or council housing and we would advise you to contact your landlord or housing provider.

Apply Today to Unlock Energy Savings Throughout Your Home

If you live in the Vale of Glamorgan and would like to save money on your energy costs, please complete your contact details in the form below and an energy advisor will be in touch to inform you of the various grant schemes available and the eligibility criteria for each scheme.

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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