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Home energy efficiency grants and incentives

This page is for residents of Cambridge. If you do not live in the city, read South Cambridgeshire District Council’s advice on funding for household energy saving measures or check your local council’s website.

There are various grant schemes available to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Green Homes Grant scheme

Applications to the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme closed on 31 March 2021. The scheme allowed homeowners and landlords to apply for a grant towards the cost of certain home improvements.

If you applied before the closing date, your application will still be processed. If you have already been given a voucher, you can still use it to get the work done – make sure you redeem it before it expires.

We will provide information about alternative funding here if it is made available.

Temporary coronavirus crisis fuel voucher scheme

If you have a pre-pay meter and are struggling to afford to top it up, contact our partner PECT. They can offer advice, support and assess you for an emergency fuel voucher.

ECO energy efficiency scheme

The government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme helps to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

A new part of the scheme called ‘flexible eligibility’ enables us to set targets for energy suppliers to help fund the installation of energy-efficiency measures in qualifying households.

Measures might include loft and wall insulation. Targets are based on each supplier’s share of the domestic energy market. Not all energy suppliers are obligated to join the scheme.

You can apply for support if you live in a property that is costly to heat, or if you or somebody living with you are vulnerable to cold.

Qualifying criteria include:

  • You receive a qualifying benefit
  • Your household income is less than £20,000 for a single person or £30,000 for a couple, and you have savings of less than £20,000
  • Your property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G, or provides a qualifying score through our assessment
  • You or somebody living in your property have a health condition that can be exacerbated by the cold
  • You or somebody living in your property are pregnant or have a child aged under 5
  • You or somebody living in your property are aged over 65

Our ECO scheme statement of intent [PDF, 0.5MB] provides further information about eligibility.

Contact us if you think you might be eligible to receive support. Note that being eligible does not guarantee that measures to improve heating or insulation will be installed, or that they can be installed free of charge.

Green Deal

The Green Deal was a government scheme which helped residents make improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes. It has now closed.

As soon as we are aware of any new or replacement government schemes, we will add the details here.

Feed-in tariffs

Feed-in tariffs provided a guaranteed rate for each unit of electricity generated and exported. They are no longer available for new installations.

Renewable Heat Incentive

If you have a renewable or low-carbon heat technology such as solar hot-water heating or a heat pump then you may be eligible for the government's Renewable Heat Incentive.

Cambs HIA

Cambs HIA, formerly known as Home Aid, is a home improvement agency set up to assist people living in Cambridge who are elderly or vulnerable, who have disability needs, or who are on a low income.

Their aim is to help people repair, maintain or adapt their homes by providing practical or financial advice and support, to enable them to remain in their own homes in greater comfort and safety.