Sustainability grants, schemes and advice

Local and central Government grants, schemes and advice are available to reduce the cost and environmental impact of home and business energy consumption. Everybody can benefit – businesses, homeowners, residential landlords, private and social housing tenants and those on low incomes. The main emphasis is to reduce energy wastage by improving the fabric of your home or workspace.

Everybody can benefit - homeowners, residential landlords, private and social housing tenants and those on low incomes. The main emphasis is to reduce energy wastage by improving the fabric of your home.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

If you generate heat for your home via a renewable source, you may be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive. This provides financial support to the owner of the renewable heating system for seven years.

Combining the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Meter and Monitoring Service Package can make installations of renewable heat sources more affordable.

MMSP is similar to a service contract and is a useful way of checking how well your renewable heating system is performing. People who are successful in registering for an MMSP receive financial support for installing the package via payments made over 7 years.

Your installer should work with you to calculate the combined saving and/or profit from the RHI and MMSP.

More information is available on the Ofgem website.

When the RHI scheme ends in March 2022, it will be replaced by the Clean Heat Grant – this scheme is due to start a month later, in April 2022. At the moment, the Government are proposing to make the Clean Heat Grant – a £100m fund - available for two years ending in March 2024.

Cold Weather Payments

Cold Weather Payments of £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather (average of zero degrees Celsius or below) are available between 1 November and 31 March if you’re receiving certain benefits. Payment is automatic for those eligible. If you’re not signed up and think this could apply to you, it’s worthwhile checking. Full eligibility and application details are available on our Cold Weather Payments page

Home Insulation Grants

A grant specifically available from East Herts council can also help towards the cost of home insulation if you've been excluded from any of the above subsidised schemes because you use lofts for storage or have narrow wall cavities.

The council will make contributions of up to £200 and/or £300 respectively for loft and/or cavity wall insulation. More information, including how to apply is available on our Home Insulation Grants page.

Free central heating scheme

Gas central heating is currently three to four times less expensive than electric heating and far less polluting than bottled gas or oil heaters.

Residents with no radiators may be eligible for a free installation of gas-powered central heating. Homeowners and private renters who are vulnerable can qualify for funding by either being in receipt of certain state benefits or having a low household income. Further information is available on our Free central heating scheme news story.

Energy advice for tenants

If you rent from a private landlord, you may think there’s not much you can do to your home to save energy. Although you cannot apply for vouchers, it may be possible to get some of the improvements you want even though you don’t own the building. There are some things that a landlord has to do when they rent out a property. To check what energy efficiency or low carbon heating improvements may be best suited for your home you can use the questionnaire on the Simple Energy Advice website and build an energy efficiency plan to send to your landlord.

Financial help for home heating

Heating accounts for half of your energy bills. If you are on a low income or receiving certain benefits, financial support may be available. Find out if you’re eligible via the Warm Homes Discount, Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment on the website.