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Support for central heating, insulation and other energy efficiency improvements

Support for central heating, insulation and other energy efficiency improvements

The different schemes and grants available towards energy efficiency improvements do change regularly and some are time limited. To find out the latest grants and schemes available e.g. free replacement mains gas boilers, loft and cavity wall insulation, contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234 (national call rate) or email energy-advice@est.org.uk

The Energy Saving Trust provide free independent energy saving advice.

You can also check the latest offers available from energy suppliers on the Money Saving Expert website which also lists the eligibility criteria. You don’t have to be a customer to access the schemes available.

The Council do not currently have any grants or offers available for North Kesteven residents. However, residents are welcome to call our Customer Services Team or Sustainability Officer if they need support or advice on 01529 414155 or sustainnk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

In an emergency, e.g. boiler breakdown, help may be available from Responders to Warmth. They offer advice, small grants and referrals. Emergency assistance may be available in the form of electric oil filled radiators and electric blankets, delivered within 24 hours. Health and benefits criteria applies. 0845 606 4566 or visit their website.

What energy improvements can you get help with?


Insulating your home is the best way to keep it warm. Some energy firms are offering them free to certain groups.

Some providers give insulation away to suitable homes regardless of income, while some require you to be receiving certain benefits such as pension credit. There are also schemes available for other types of insulation such as solid wall and draught proofing so it’s worth finding out what is available.

Heating and Hot Water

The Energy Saving Trust says boilers account for about 55% of what people spend each year on energy bills, so an efficient central heating boiler makes a big difference. Depending on your boiler's age, a shiny new efficient one could save you up to £260/year. Together with the right central heating controls you can save money and feel warm. 

Some providers are offering free replacement boilers and other grants and schemes.

Other energy schemes and grants

Some residents may be able to get £140 towards energy bills next winter.

The Warm Home Discount requires the big suppliers, by law, to help vulnerable customers pay for energy. Those who are eligible are able to get a £140 rebate on energy bills this winter.

Energy fund schemes

Some energy providers offer an energy fund scheme – this can include both grants to help cover energy arrears, and (sometimes) Further Assistance Payments to contribute towards things like white goods, boiler repairs or funeral costs. Apply via these links: British Gas Energy Trust / EDF Energy Trust / E.on Energy Fund / Npower Energy Fund / Scottish Power Hardship Fund.

Also see the Cheap Gas & Electricity guide.

Check out the energy saving quick wins to help you save more money on your energy bills.