A range of different loans and grant schemes are available to help improve the energy efficiency of homes and community centres in the borough.
If you live in a listed building or conservation area, check to see if you need planning permission or listed building consent for energy efficiency measures
These tables provide an overview of available loans and grants, with further detail including how to apply below.
|Homeowners||Up to £10,000||No limit||All|
|Homeowners||Up to £3,000||Household is
|Up to £38,000||- Under £31,000
- Household is
|D, E, F
own the property
|D, E, F
|No limit||D, E, F
|Landlord Grant||Landlords||Up to £500||No limit||All|
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:
Conditions: Interest will be charged at 4.49%, together with an arrangement fee of £95. Repayments can be made in one of three ways:
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 email@example.com.
How much: up to £3,000
Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) receiving means-tested benefits who are not eligible for a loan
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:
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.
How much: up to £38,000
Who it is for: Homeowners (owner-occupiers) and landlords
Details: The Home Upgrade Grant offers off-gas properties funding for the following energy efficiency and low carbon heat measures:
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with Portsmouth City Council and its partner Warmer Homes to deliver the scheme locally.
How to apply: residents can apply for a grant on the Warmer Homes website or by calling 0800 038 5737.
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.
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.
How much: Dependent on the measure(s) installed
Who it is for: Homeowners and tenants
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) or AgilityEco who are administering this grant on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. You should then receive a phone call from NEF or AgilityEco 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.
The government requires that households fulfil eligibility criteria:
AND one of the following
1. Low-income households with a total income less than £31k.
2. Fuel poor households that meet a combination of two proxies (conditions apply):
1. Homes in Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) 1-3 on the English Indices of Deprivation.
2. Council tax reduction on the grounds of low income.
3. A person living at the premises is considered to be vulnerable to the cold under the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance: Recommendation 2, for a reason other than their low income.
4. Child living at the premises is eligible for free school meals.
5. A householder supported by a LA run scheme, that has been named and described by the LA as supporting low income and vulnerable households for the purposes of NICE Guideline.
6. Referred by Citizens Advice as identified as struggling to pay their electricity and gas bills.
3. Households with health conditions identified by a doctor or GP which may be impacted further by living in a cold home.
How to apply: Generally installers will contact you if they believe you are eligible or you can contact an energy company.
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.
How much: dependant on measure installed
Who is it for: Homeowners and tenants
Details: This scheme is designed to help people insulate their homes, make homes more energy efficient, and save money on energy bills. The scheme is predominantly single measures.
You may be able to get support to install:
There are two different groups eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS):
You can be a homeowner, landlord or tenant (either renting privately or from a housing association). If you’re a tenant, speak to your landlord before you apply. You’ll need their permission before any insulation can be installed.
How to apply:
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.
Grants are offered to landlords on the following conditions:
How to apply: Please contact the Climate Change team for an application form.
An 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.
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
The Statement of Intent sets out the council’s flexible eligibility criteria for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme from April 2022 to March 2026 and the Great British Insulation Scheme until March 2026.
If you have an enquiry about climate change or sustainability, send a message to the Climate Change Team
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