Energy efficiency loans and grants

A range of different loans and grant schemes are available to help improve the energy efficiency of homes and community centres in Basingstoke and Deane. An overview of each of these including their eligibility criteria has been provided below.

Please note that if you live in a listed building or conservation area, you should check to see if you need planning permission or listed building consent as it may be needed for some energy efficiency measures.

For information about the support available for businesses including available grants and loans, see our page on sustainable businesses.

For information about the government’s council tax energy rebate to help households with rising energy bills, see our page about the council tax energy rebate.

Overview of available loans and grants

This table provides an overview of available loans and grants, with further detail including how to apply at the bottom of this page.

Scheme Available to Grant or loan Amount available Household income eligibility EPC rating* Connected or not connected to a mains gas supply
Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery scheme Homeowners, landlords and private tenants Grant Up to £10,000 - Under £30,000
- Household is on means-tested benefits
D, E, F or G Connected to mains gas supply
Homeowner Grant Homeowners Grant Up to £3,000 - Household is on means-tested benefits All Both
Home Upgrade Grant Homeowners, landlords and private tenants Grant Up to £25,000 - Under £30,000
- Household is on means-tested benefits
D, E, F or G Not connected to mains gas supply
Homeowner Loan Homeowners Loan Up to £10,000 No limit All Both
Boiler Upgrade Scheme Homeowners Grant Up to £5,000/£6,000 No limit All Both
Energy Company Obligation Homeowners Grant   Dependent on household composition D, E, F or G Both
Landlord Grant Landlords Grant Up to £500 No limit All Both
Community Group Loan Community groups Loan Up to £25,000 Not applicable Not applicable Both

Advice about energy efficiency improvements

For impartial advice about home energy improvements, visit the Energy Saving Trust, the Environment Centre or the Simple Energy Advice website.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating

An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. You can find your property’s energy efficiency certificate on the GOV.UK website. If your property does not have an energy efficiency certificate, you can find out how to get one on the GOV.UK website.

Cold callers and scams

Sometimes installers may legitimately call homes direct in order to get business through one of the available grant schemes. However we always recommend that, if you get a cold call from an installer offering you a service, you check to make sure they are a trusted company and registered with a professional body.

Homeowners may be contacted directly by an installer claiming to be working under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. If the company claims to be an installer, always ask to see their credentials as for almost all measures (except for connections to district heating systems) installers under ECO must be TrustMark accredited and will have a registration number.

If you suspect a scam, please report it to Hampshire Trading Standards. You can also check their website for details of the latest known scams

Further information about available loans and grants

Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery scheme

How much: up to £10,000 for owner-occupied homes, or up to £5,000 for rented properties

Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) and landlords

Eligibility:

  • Household income below £30,000, or under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs, or your household is on means-tested benefits.
  • Energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, G
  • Landlords will have to contribute a minimum of one third of the total costs of the installation, and the maximum grant available per rental property is £5,000.

Details: The Local Authority Delivery scheme was set up for local authorities to allocate the government’s Green Homes Grant to fund home improvements to help reduce fuel poverty and phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating.

The grant can be used towards home improvements including:

  • wall insulation
  • solar panels
  • a heat pump heating system.

The Local Authority Delivery scheme is being delivered in phases. Phases one and two are now closed, with the third phase opening for applications from May 2022. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with Portsmouth City Council and Warmer Homes to deliver the scheme locally.

How to apply: You can apply for a grant on the Warmer Homes website or by calling 0800 038 5737.

Homeowner Grant

How much: up to £3,000

Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) receiving means-tested benefits who are not eligible for a loan

Eligibility:

  • Homeowners receiving means-tested benefits
  • Property must be within council tax bands A to E
  • Any energy performance certificate (EPC) rating

Details: The Homeowner Grant is available for people who are on means-tested benefits and who are not eligible for a loan, following an assessment by Parity Trust.

The grant can be used for a range of measures including:

  • insulation
  • heating systems
  • double glazing
  • draught proofing
  • renewable energy measures

Other conditions :

  • Grants in excess of £2,500 must be repaid if the property is sold within three years.
  • Two estimates for works must be obtained, with the homeowner going with the cheapest quotation unless they wish to make up the difference
  • The contractor employed to carry out the works must be a member of a professional body

How to apply: To qualify for this grant you must first have an assessment from Parity Trust who can be contacted on 023 9237 5921 or email mail@paritytrust.org.uk.

If you are not eligible for a loan, Parity Trust will let the council know and you will then be sent an application form for this grant. You may be asked for photos for evidence of what energy-saving measures are required.

Home Upgrade Grant

How much: up to £25,000 for owner-occupied homes or up to £5,000 for rented properties

Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) and landlords

Eligibility:

  • Off-gas grid households reliant on alternatives such as bottled gas and oil to heat their homes
  • Household income below £30,000, or under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs, or your household is on means-tested benefits.
  • Energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G
  • Landlords will have to contribute a minimum of one third of the total costs of the installation, with the maximum grant available per rental property being £5,000

Details: The Home Upgrade Grant offers off-gas properties funding for the following measures:

  • External or internal wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Air source heat pumps
  • High heat retention storage heaters
  • Solar panels
  • Heating or thermostat controls
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Park home insulation

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with Portsmouth City Council and its partner Warmer Homes to deliver the scheme locally.

How to apply: Once the scheme opens in May, you will be able to apply for a grant on the Warmer Homes website or by calling 0800 038 5737.

Homeowner Loan

How much: up to £10,000

Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers)

Eligibility: Open to all owner-occupiers, following an assessment by the Parity Trust.

Details: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has established a fund to help homeowners pay for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in their homes. The loans can be used for range of measures including:

  • double-glazing of windows and doors
  • insulation, including floors, roofs and walls
  • heating systems
  • water efficiency measures
  • renewable energy technologies, such as solar power or ground source heat pumps.

Conditions : Interest will be charged at 4.49%, together with an arrangement fee of £95. Repayments can be made in one of three ways:

  • Capital repayment loan: A monthly payment is applied against the interest and capital, with the amount you owe decreasing with each monthly payment.
    • For example: If the loan amount is £5,000, over 5 years your monthly payment would be £93.19 with a total repayment of £5,591.40; OR over 15 years your monthly payment would be £38.22 with a total repayment of £6,879.60

  • Interest-only loan: A monthly payment is applied against interest but not the capital amount over a 25 year term. You are required to pay the capital on the sale of the property of when the loan term expires.
    • For example: If the loan amount is £5,000, over 25 years your monthly payment would be £18.71 to cover interest only. You would still owe £5,000 on completion of the loan or the property is sold.

  • Interest roll-up loan: There are no monthly payments. The loan balance increases over time as the interest rate accumulates. You must pay the total loan balance when the property is sold or when the loan term expires.
    • For example: If the loan amount is £5,000, over 25 years your monthly payment would be £0 but interest would be payable on completion of the loan or the property is sold. This would equate to: £6,256 if the loan was paid back within 5 years; £9,793 if the loan was paid back within 15 years; and £15,330 if the loan was paid back within 25 years.

How to apply: The Parity Trust administers this loan scheme on behalf of the council. For further information or to apply for a loan, you can contact the Parity Trust by telephone on 023 9237 5921 or by email at mail@paritytrust.org.uk.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

How much:

  • £5,000 is available towards air source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
  • £6,000 is available towards ground source heat pumps.

Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) and non-domestic properties

Details: The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants to fund the replacement of existing fossil fuel heating systems with more efficient, low carbon heating systems. This includes air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and, in limited circumstances, biomass boilers.

Eligibility:

  • Property must have a valid energy performance certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
  • Heat pumps are eligible either on or off the gas grid. Biomass boilers are only eligible in rural locations and in properties off the gas grid.
  • You must be fully replacing an existing fossil fuel system such as oil, gas or direct electric.

How to apply : You will need to find and contact an installer to quote for the work. The installer will apply for the grant on your behalf. The value of the grant will be discounted off the price you pay. We recommend you get quotes from more than one installer to make sure you’re getting the best value for money, and ensure that the installer is MCS Certified. The MCS quality assurance scheme ensures that installers are competent and the products they use meet the correct standards. You can search their website for certified installers in your area. Further information on the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is available on the GOV.UK website.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

How much: Dependent on the measure(s) installed

Who it is for: Homeowners

Details: The government’s Energy Obligation (ECO) scheme requires large energy suppliers to provide funding for energy efficiency improvements to homes for low-income households in hard-to-heat properties.

Homeowners may be contacted directly by an installer claiming to be working under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. If the company claims to be an installer, always ask to see the following credentials as for almost all measures (except for connections to district heating systems) installers under ECO must be TrustMark accredited and will have a registration number. TrustMark provide a list of top tips for ensuring a tradesperson is trustworthy, and installers registered with TrustMark must provide approved financial protection and warranties for their work.

If an installer agrees that you are eligible for work under the ECO grant funding, they will pass your details to the National Energy Foundation (NEF) who are administering this grant on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. You should then receive a phone call from NEF to confirm your eligibility, which will then allow the grant application to be approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Further information about the ECO scheme can be found on the Ofgem website.

Eligibility:

The government requires that households fulfil two eligibility criteria:

  1. Have a low household income
  2. Is vulnerable to cold OR has a high cost of living home

1. The criteria to be classed as a low-income household are either:

a) In receipt of any means tested benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance, OR
b) Meets the following household income limits:

  • Household comprising one adult (18 years or older): Annual household income is less than £16,500 (equivalent to monthly income of £1,375)
  • Household comprising one adult and one child: Annual household income is less than £21,750 (equivalent to monthly income of £1,813)
  • Household comprising one adult and two children: Annual household income is less than £27,000 (equivalent to monthly income of £2,250)
  • Household comprising one adult and three children: Annual household income is less than £32,250 (equivalent to monthly income of £2,688)
  • Household comprising one adult and four or more children: Annual household income is less than £37,500 (equivalent to monthly income of £3,125)
  • Household comprising two adults (18 years or older): Annual household income is less than £24,750 (equivalent to monthly income of £2,063)
  • Household comprising two adults and one child: Annual household income is less than £30,000 (equivalent to monthly income of £2,500)
  • Household comprising two adults and two children: Annual household income is less than £35,250 (equivalent to monthly income of £2,938)
  • Household comprising two adults and three children: Annual household income is less than £40,500 (equivalent to monthly income of £3,375)
  • Household comprising two adults and four or more children: Annual household income is less than £45,750 (equivalent to monthly income of £3,813)

2. The criteria to be classed as ‘vulnerable to cold OR has a high cost of living home’ are either (one of the following):

a) A household with a full-time resident who has a long term and chronic health condition (respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, dementia, neurobiological diseases, cancer, diabetes, Haemoglobinopathies, terminal illness or autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases), OR

b) A household with a full-time resident who is pregnant, a child under 15 or is 65+ (or 55+ and in receipt of a disability related benefit), OR

c) A household with a full-time resident and a low energy performance (the property has an EPC of D, E, F or G, or is off the main gas grid, or has no central heating or is a park home or was built before 1964, OR

d) A household with a full-time resident who is vulnerable to cold outside of the scope outlined above, OR

e) The property is hard to heat due to solid walls.

How to apply: Generally installers will contact you if they believe you are eligible but if you think you meet the criteria for this funding please contact the Climate Change team.

If you are concerned by any installers cold calling you, please do take their details and follow the cold callers and scams  guidance above. Genuine installers will be registered and should always be happy to call you back once you have checked their credentials.

Landlord Grants

How much: up to £500

Who it is for: Landlords

Details: A one-off grant for landlords to help them pay for energy efficiency improvements to their rental property or properties to benefit tenants and help to reduce fuel bills.

The grant is targeted at properties with poor levels of insulation and may be used to part fund more costly improvements, such as a replacement boiler or double glazing.

Conditions :

Grants are offered to landlords on the following conditions:

  • The landlord has not previously received a grant from this scheme. There is one £500 grant available to each landlord irrespective of how many rental properties they have.
  • The work can only be for measures that will improve the energy efficiency of the property, such as additional insulation.
  • Evidence of the works to take place, such as a contractor’s quote, must be provided prior to the works taking place.
  • Evidence that the work has been completed, such as photographs, must be provided following the completion of the work.
  • A grant cannot be given for work already completed at the time of application.
  • For all work, a quotation from a registered company must be provided before the grant can be approved. While we are aware that some energy efficiency improvements can be done as a DIY job, in order to ensure the work is completed to industry standard and will not cause damp problems or electrical faults we require the work to be done by a professional installer.

How to apply: Please contact the Climate Change team for an application form.

Community Group Loan

How much: up to £25,000

Who it is for: Community groups with responsibility for their community centre or hall

Details: The council has set up a fund to help community groups pay for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in their community centres and halls.

Loans can be used for measures such as:

  • heating systems
  • energy efficient lighting
  • water efficiency measures
  • insulation, including floors, roofs and walls
  • renewable energy technologies, such as solar power or ground source heat pumps.

These measures can help to reduce fuel bills and reduce emissions, particularly where renewable energy devices are fitted. They can also assist in making the hall more comfortable for users, keeping hire rates competitive and potentially allowing for more intensive usage.

Interest will be charged at 4.49%, together with an arrangement fee.

Conditions :

Loans are offered to assist organisations with insulation, heating and renewable energy improvements to community buildings subject to the below terms and conditions.

  • Securing a loan is subject to following the following application process:

a) Initial enquiry

b) Financial assessment by Parity Trust

c) Loan application checked against loan criteria

d) Parity Trust makes a recommendation to the council

e) Subject to Parity Trust recommending that the loan is approved, the council will approve the application

  • There is a 3% arrangement fee payable by the organisation.
  • There will be company due diligence and credit checks of trustees.
  • Loan funds will be issued on receipt of evidence that the work has been completed
  • All loans will be secured against the premises.

How to apply: The Parity Trust administers this loan scheme on behalf of the council. For further information or to apply for a loan, you can contact the Parity Trust by telephone on 023 9237 5921 or by email at mail@paritytrust.org.uk.

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