TrustMark is the only Government Endorsed Quality scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. 

Funding for some energy-saving measures may be available from government schemes running at the time, your energy supplier under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) or local schemes run by your local authority or other organisations.

Funding under these schemes is aimed at improving the energy efficiency rating of the most inefficient housing and tackling fuel poverty. Eligibility criteria apply to all grants and schemes mentioned below so you will need to check your eligibility for specific schemes. 

For more detailed information about what is available in your area, you can use Simple Energy Advice (England and Wales) or Home Energy (Scotland).

If your energy need is more pressing and you are struggling to pay your bill, then you may be able to find information about additional support and advice via Citizens Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/grants-and-benefits-to-help-you-pay-your-energy-bills/

 

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty, focusing the entire scheme to support low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households. The current scheme - ECO3 - closes in March 2022, while ECO4 is expected to start in April 2022. ECO is run by energy suppliers so you should talk to your energy supplier or look at their website to check whether you are eligible.

For more information about the ECO scheme and eligibility, you can contact Energy Saving Trust in England and Wales or Home Energy in Scotland.

You could also contact the energy companies who are obligated to deliver ECO directly to see if they can offer you energy efficiency measures through the ECO scheme.

 

Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) helps both qualifying homeowners and private renters to improve the energy efficiency of their homes where those homes are off gas-grid, i.e., not served by mains gas. HUG is funded by the government’s Local Authority Delivery scheme. The grant covers part or all the cost of the installation and can include but may not be limited to: 

Loft insulation
Underfloor insulation
Wall insulation
Solar voltaic
Low carbon technologies

For more information about the Home Upgrade Grant and eligibility, contact your local authority.

 

Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme

£500 million funding has been allocated to local authorities through the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households, helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress towards the UK’s commitment to net-zero by 2050. The LAD scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low income and low energy performance homes with a focus on energy performance certificates (EPC ratings of E, F or G).

 

Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government-funded initiative, formerly known as the Clean Heat Grant, and is due to launch in Spring 2022. It is expected to provide upfront capital grants of £5,000 to £6,000 to support the installation of air and ground-source heat pumps and biomass boilers (rural areas only) in homes, to help decarbonise domestic buildings. The scheme will be administered by Ofgem, the energy regulator and details for how to apply are expected before April 2022. 

The scheme will only be available in England and Wales. If you live in Scotland you can access funding to make energy-efficient home improvements through Home Energy Scotland.