Sustainable Warmth Grant

Free Home Improvements to help you save Energy

Reading Borough Council has secured funding from central government to help local residents on a low income make their homes warmer and help reduce their heating bills. The funding available will provide a range of energy efficiency improvements that can be retrofitted to your home.

The good news is that if you are a home-owner you don’t have to pay for this and you will not be asked for any financial contribution towards the scheme or to pay any of the money spent back.  You will not be asked to provide any bank account details when applying.

If you are a private landlord you are also eligible for the scheme, however you will be required to contribute one third towards the cost of the work and the cost of an initial energy survey of your property.

How it works?

The current schemes run until March 2023 and aims to improve poorly insulated homes for low-income residents in properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of D or below. If your property doesn’t have an EPC rating, you can still apply.

What energy saving improvements can I get for my home?

Improvements covered by the scheme include:

  • Insulation and ventilation upgrades (to keep your home comfortable in both the winter and summer and can help cut your energy bills)
  • Improved Heating Controls (only use heat when you need it to reduce energy usage and help save you money)
  • Solar PV (to generate electricity to be used within your home)
  • Energy Efficiency lighting (reduce energy usage and help save you money)

Eligibility

You will need to meet the criteria listed below to be eligible for the scheme

  • The property will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G.  If the property doesn’t have an EPC you can still apply (please see FAQ)

AND

  • You are classed as low income if either of the below apply to you
  • Your gross household income (total income) must be below £30,000 per annum, or under £20,000 per annum after rent or mortgage costs

OR

  • You receive certain means tested benefits.

For privately rented properties the tenant will need to meet the income eligibility and both landlord and tenant must consent to the grant application. 

Funding Available

Owner occupiers

  • For homes heated by gas, the grant available is up to £10,000 per home.  
  • For homes not heated by gas (this could be electricity / oil), the grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £25,000 per home. 
  • The exact amount available is dependent upon the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the home and the fuel source that currently heats the home. 

Privately rented properties

  • Private landlords will be required to contribute one third towards the cost of the upgrades.
  • Private landlords will also be required to pay for an energy survey of their property which is required to confirm the properties energy performance rating and identify potential improvements covered by the scheme. If a landlord decides to proceed with the works, 50% of the cost of the survey will be deducted from the amount the landlord is required to contribute for the works. The cost of the survey is currently £625+VAT.
  • For privately rented properties heated by gas, the grant is up to £5,000 per property.
  • For privately rented properties not connected to the gas grid, the grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £16,666 per property.
  • The exact amount available is dependent upon the EPC of the property and the fuel source that currently heats the home. 
  • To qualify the tenant must meet the income requirements.
  • If overall costs exceed the maximum grant available, additional investment by the landlord will be required.  Costs and the contributions expected from the landlord will be agreed prior to commencement of work.

If you are a private landlord wishing to apply for the grant, please ensure you have discussed it with your tenants. If you are a private tenant, before you apply for the grant, please ensure your landlord is willing for works to be done on their property and that they understand they will have to make a financial contribution.

How Does the scheme work?

A journey from step 1 to step 11. Number 1 resident faced with large heating & energy bills. Number 2 resident receives communication about home energy grant. Number 3 Form to complete - see if the resident qualifies. Number 4 phone call, letter or email to let the resident know they are eligible. Number 5 home visit by retrofit coordinator for a home energy survey. Number 6 pros & cons of each technology explained & residents given personal plan. Number 7 installer/supplier to do an assessment for suitability of which measure to install. Number 8 cool off period for resident before contract signed. Number 9 start date & time for completion. Number 10 completion of work. Number 11 customer feedback and warranty pack provided.

Who pays for the energy saving improvements?

The funding has been allocated to Reading residents from central government.

The good news is that if you are a home-owner you don’t have to pay for this and you will not be asked for any financial contribution towards the scheme or to pay any of the money spent back.  You will not be asked to provide any bank account details when applying.

If you are a private landlord you are also eligible for the scheme, however you will be required to contribute one third towards the cost of the work and the cost of the initial energy survey of your property.

How to apply?

City Energy is managing the scheme for the residents of Reading.

You can check if you are eligible and apply for the grant by completing an initial application form on the City Energy website. – Home (berkshire-applications.co.uk)

If you’d prefer to speak to City Energy in person, please call their Customer Care Team who would be happy to assist you with your application. They can be contacted by phone on 02921 680951 or emailed at: cityenergy@swfapplications.co.uk

Any Questions?

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions page

If you would like additional information regarding the sustainable warmth funding or like to discuss this scheme with a member of Reading Borough Council please contact – energyfunding@reading.gov.uk or call Reading Borough Council on 0118 937 3787.