Government announces £1.5bn to boost energy efficiency

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced Government funding of up to £1.5bn to help 130,000 social housing and low-income properties in England upgrade their energy efficiency.

The latest Help to Heat funding will help households save around £400 to £700 a year on their energy bills at current prices and funding could support around 19,000 green energy sector jobs.

The funds are being made available through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and Home Upgrade Grant schemes, allowing social housing providers and local authorities to submit bids for funding to upgrade the properties.

Social housing with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or lower will be eligible to receive Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) upgrades, while the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) funding will help people who are most vulnerable to fuel poverty, living in privately-owned – both rented and owner-occupied – off gas-grid homes and on low incomes.

The boost forms part of £12bn combined funding under the government’s Help to Heat schemes, which also include the Local Authority Delivery and Energy Company Obligation schemes, targeting support to lower income and more vulnerable households.

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