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3. Energy efficiency help and advice

More information about energy efficiency in the home

Energy Saving Trust

Offers free and impartial advice on how to save energy in your home on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).


Helping consumers with energy

Information from the Government that explains what support is available for consumers and where they can go for help on energy. The guide can also help consumers get the best energy deal and information on how to save money this winter.


Winter fuel payment

A payment of £100 - £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1952 for eligible people.


Cold weather payment

Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days. You’ll get a payment of £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. Please note that eligibility criteria apply.


Renewable heat incentive

This scheme which opened in the spring of 2014 for domestic properties provides financial incentives to home owners who use and generate renewable energy to heat their homes. Eligible renewable heating systems include; air source heat pumps, biomass systems, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal technology.


Is a heat pump suitable for your home?

Find out if a heat pump could be a suitable choice of central heating system for your home, before you install one.


Buying green heating products

Buying green heating products (like solar panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers) or insulation for your home can be complicated. The government has produced a guide to help with each stage of the process, and to understand your key rights and protections under consumer law.

This guide covers; before you buy, when you’ve decided to buy, installation of your product(s), post-installation and what to do if something goes wrong.