A government scheme that provides funding for home energy improvements is available for UK residents on pension benefits – find out if your parents or grandparents qualify:
The media is rampant with warnings about the risks associated with living in a cold home this winter, with energy bills spiking and a cold winter predicted. However, many people may not be aware that a government scheme which offers funding for home energy efficiency improvements can provide vital help to a large number of people who qualify.
Elderly and vulnerable residents are more susceptible to discomfort and health complications from living in cold conditions.
The charity Age UK recommends that elderly people heat their main living area to 21C and the rest of their home to 18C, however, simply turning up the thermostat can be costly especially with the recent increase in energy prices.
Thankfully, there is funding available for the installation of insulation as well as smart thermostats and central heating, which can help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of a property; saving you money on your energy bills and making the property feel warmer at the same time!
Who is eligible for funding?
The ECO4 scheme provides funding to increase the energy efficiency of properties. To be eligible for this scheme you must be in receipt of an ECO4 qualifying benefit (see below).
- Child Benefit (conditions apply)
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit Savings Credit
People who are in receipt of the Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or Pension Credit Savings Credit often don’t realise when this is included as part of their pension – this may include your parents or grandparents!
How can people apply for funded home energy improvements?
Arktek is an installer of ECO4 measures and can assist with the entire process of securing funding and installing measures available for you or your family member’s home.
The simple process involves:
- advising on your or your family member’s eligibility for the ECO4 scheme
- help complete and process the application for funding
- conduct a free, no-obligation survey to determine the best possible energy saving measures for the property
- install energy-efficiency measures to help heat the property and provide relevant certificates