Energy Saving Grants
For Heating, Insulation and Solar panels in Powys
Energy Saving Grants are able to help residents of Powys make their homes more energy efficient by providing energy saving advice and where possible, assist in obtaining funding to help towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures such as loft insulation, wall insulation, replacement heating and renewable energy measures such as solar.
Funding is available to owner occupiers and also to private landlords and tenants. The criteria to be eligible for a grant can be very confusing and the conditions are often updated; so this page will outline the funding that is currently available and the criteria required to apply for a grant.
With the cost of fuel rising rapidly it is essential for people to improve the efficiency of their homes in order to save money on their energy bills. Unfortunately a lot of people residing in Powys are living in fuel poverty, as they are unable to afford to keep their home adequately heated. There are various reasons for this, including the fact that many homes in Powys are not connected to the mains gas network and so have to rely on more expensive fuels such as Oil, Coal, LPG or Electric; plus a lot of the properties are old stone built cottages and houses which can be very cold and draughty.
The good news is that there are various Government grant schemes available to help provide full or partial funding for heating, insulation and renewable energy measures to be installed in domestic properties.
Which energy saving measures are available on the Grant scheme in Powys?
There is currently up to 100% funding available for the following energy saving measures to be installed:
Electric Storage Heaters – High Heat Retention storage heaters can be an efficient way of heating a property, as they charge up overnight when the unit rate of electricity is cheaper.
Loft Insulation – this is one of the simplest and best ways of retaining heat inside the property and saving money on energy bills.
Internal Wall Insulation – this work involves installing insulation and plasterboard on the inside walls of the property to conserve the heat within the home.
External Wall Insulation - this work involves installing insulation boards and rendering the outside walls of the property. EWI is not suitable if the property is a listed building or in a conservation area.
Cavity Wall Insulation – this helps to minimise heat loss via the walls and therefore helps to reduce fuel bills.
Gas Central Heating - if there are currently no radiators in the property and the property has an existing gas meter, then a boiler and radiators could be installed to provide hot water and central heating for the property.
Room In Roof Insulation - where the bedroom is in the attic space and has sloping ceilings.
Air Source Heat Pump – to provide hot water and central heating for the property.
Funding schemes in Powys
The main funding schemes currently available in Powys are the Energy Company Obligation (E.C.O), the Great British Insulation Scheme (G.B.I.S) and the Local Authority Delivery (L.A.D) Scheme.
The ECO scheme is a Government energy efficiency programme which places an obligation on the energy companies, to provide funding for insulation and more efficient heating systems to be installed in thousands of properties each year to combat fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These funding schemes are administered by the Office of Gas and Electric Markets (OFGEM). More information on these grant schemes can be found on the OFGEM website.
Although some grant schemes require applicants to be in receipt of tax credits or benefits to apply for funding, the good news is that Powys County Council are signed up to a scheme called L.A. Flex, which enables people to apply for funding even if they are not in receipt of any tax credits or benefits. Households can be eligible to receive a grant if the total income of the household is less than £31,000 per year, or if somebody living in the property has a long-term health condition.
Powys Council states ‘The Council welcomes the introduction of the ECO4 Flex eligibility routes as it helps the Council achieve its plans to improve the homes of those in fuel poverty or vulnerable to the cold.’
The funding is primarily aimed at properties that do not have any Gas Central Heating, so if your home is heated using Oil, LPG, solid fuel such as wood or coal; or electric heaters (including storage heaters) then you should qualify for funding. Unfortunately the funding is not currently available if your home is already heated by mains gas central heating.
Who can apply for a Government Grant?
If the occupier of the property is in receipt of any of the following Tax credits or Benefits then they will be eligible to apply for funding:
Child Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit
Job Seekers Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
People who receive Child Benefit are also eligible for the scheme but additional income-requirements have to be met, as shown in the table below. The income thresholds show the maximum income allowed, to be eligible for funding:
Can I apply for a grant if I do not receive any benefits?
The LA Flex scheme is designed to help Powys residents that are not connected to the mains gas network and are at risk of fuel poverty. The funding allocated via the L.A. Flex scheme is not local authority money, but Powys Council sets the qualifying criteria that applicants are required to meet to access the funding.
The LA Flex scheme is predominantly aimed at helping households who have a low to moderate income (the maximum income threshold is £31,000 per year); or households where there is somebody that has a long term health condition. The reason why funding is allocated to these sectors is to help people who are at greater risk of fuel poverty. The following eligibility information is provided by Powys Councils Statement of Intent:
Route 1: SAP bands D-G households with an income less than £31,000 (combined gross income and includes all sources of income). This cap applies irrespective of the property size, composition, or region.
Route 2: SAP bands E-G households that meet a combination of two of the following proxies:
Proxy 1: Homes in England in Lower-layer Super Output Area 1-3 (LSOA)
Proxy 2: Householders receiving a Council Tax rebate (rebates based on low income only, excludes single person rebates).
Proxy 3: Householders vulnerable to living in a cold home as identified in the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance. Only one from the list can be used, excludes the proxy ‘low income’.
Proxy 4: A householder receiving free school meals due to low-income.
Proxy 5: A householder supported by a LA Run Scheme, that has been named and described by the LA as supporting low income and vulnerable households for the purpose of NICE guideline.
Proxy 6: A household referred to the LA for support by their energy supplier or Citizen’s Advice or Citizen’s Advice Scotland, because they have been identified as struggling to pay their electricity and gas bills.
Note proxies 1 and 3 cannot be used together
Route 3: SAP bands D-G households that have been identified by their doctor or GP as low-income and vulnerable, with an occupant whose health conditions may be impacted further by living in a cold home. These health conditions may be cardiovascular, respiratory, immunosuppressed, or limited mobility related. This is because the Council has identified a positive correlation between households who suffer from long-term health conditions and living off a low-income, with living in poorly insulated homes.
Route 4: SAP and D-G households that are referred under Route 4: Bespoke Targeting. Suppliers and LA’s can submit an application to BEIS where they have identified a low income and vulnerable household, who are not already eligible under the existing routes.
The majority of applicants qualify via Route 1 (if the total household income is under £31,000 per year) or Route 3 (if somebody living in the household has a long term health condition).
This list of health conditions provided on the Statement of Intent is not exhaustive and many other health conditions qualify for the scheme. A doctor will be required to sign a document to confirm that the applicant has a qualifying health condition and the final decision is with the doctor. Please contact us if you (or somebody in your household) has a long term health condition and you are unsure if it will qualify.
How can I apply for a grant?
Please get in touch with us using the form below and an energy advisor will contact you to discuss whether you will meet the eligibility criteria. Please note that if you, or another member of your household is in receipt of tax credits or one of the benefits listed above then you will not need to meet the additional eligibility criteria set by the Council.
Energy Saving Grants work with a nationwide network of Trustmark accredited installation companies to ensure that the energy saving measures are installed to the highest standards. All work installed via a Government grant scheme is covered by a comprehensive insurance backed guarantee of up to 25 years to ensure peace of mind. The length of guarantee is dependent upon the energy saving measure that is installed.
We have helped many people throughout Powys obtain funding for solar panels, central heating and insulation measures to be installed in their properties, including in Brecon, Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Welshpool and Llandrindod Wells. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to help you if you live in a social housing property. We would advise you to contact your social housing landlord regarding improving the energy efficiency of your property.
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Please enter your contact details in the Grant Checker below, and one of our grant advisors will be in touch to discuss which funding schemes you may qualify for.