Households can get up to £10,000 to make homes energy efficient - see who qualifies
Households can claim up to £10,000 from certain councils across England to make their home more energy efficient.
The money is designed to go toward energy-saving measures like cavity wall and loft insulation and the replacement of single-glazed windows.
The idea is that it will help households lower their energy bills.
Some councils have been awarded the funding from the government following the Green Homes Grant vouchers scheme, which closed for applications on March 31 this year.
The Sun reports how councils are being encouraged to offer out the extra financial assistance to anyone who missed that deadline.
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The help is being dished out mainly to homeowners, with the work being offered dependent on tradespeople in your area and what measures would benefit your home.
If you rent, the grants are lower and in some cases, you’d need to ask your landlord to pay up part of the costs.
The type of support on offer and the eligibility for obtaining a grant does vary between councils.
Originally, local authorities in England had to bid for the funding through the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme.
It’s best to check your local council’s website to see what support they may be able to offer you.
For example, Halton Borough Council has secured £728,000 of funding, while Harborough Council is getting £480,000.
Shropshire Council has been awarded £1.2million, and Leicester City Council has successfully bid for a further £2.125million.
Some councils have partnered with E.ON to deliver the grants, although you don't have to be an E.ON customer to get the support.
If your local council is paired with the energy giant, there will be further instructions on how to apply for the grant on their website.
You can also visit E.ON's Green Homes Grant webpage which also has a list of councils it is working with.
For the majority of areas, homeowners must have a total income of less than £30,000 to qualify for any sort of support.
However, there are some cases where you can earn more than this amount.
For example, people in Leicestershire are eligible if they earn £30,800 and have two children, or up to £40,260 if they have three or more children.
If your income is less than £30,000, you could receive the full £10,000 in support.
But if you earn more than £30,000 a year, you can qualify for up to £5,000 of grant funding - and you'll have to pay a third of the costs as a contribution.
You may also qualify for help if you claim certain benefits, such as Universal Credit or Jobseekers Allowance.
The property must also have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F, or G which is below the government's blanket targeted C and above by 2035.
You can check the rating of your property by searching your address on the Gov.uk website.
As the funding is limited, you should check whether you're eligible sooner rather than later as the help is expected to go fast.
Some councils are also closing off the support soon. Essex County Council says you need to get an application in by the end of August 2021.
For households who fall under Oldham Council, the deadline is September 30, 2021.
If you're renting, you'll need to ask your landlord's approval first.
Your landlord may then be asked to stump up some of the costs, which can be sometimes a third of the total bill, up to £5,000.
The support isn't handed out in cash, instead it is used as a benchmark to work out how much the work would cost to hand out.
Any improvements are then carried out on your behalf, if you've been successful in applying.
Here are some examples of the work you could be eligible for: