Funding

You may be eligible for funding to support your home improvements. For more information on the specific home improvements that we can offer, visit our Energy Saving Measures page.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) was launched in 2013 to help make energy saving measures, such as heating systems and insulation affordable for householders.

ECO has two eligibility routes:

  • Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) is the ECO funding stream that supports vulnerable homeowners and private renting tenants in receipt of certain state benefits claim funding towards the cost of energy efficient measures.
  • ECO Flexible eligibility helps householders who are not HHCRO eligible but who are living on a low income and are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home claim funding towards the cost of energy efficient measures. Local Authorities create the eligibility for ECO flex in the form of a Statement of Intent. The Statement of Intent for Bristol City Council can be found here.

To find out if you are eligible for funding towards the cost of improving the energy efficiency of your home, please contact us on 0117 352 1180 or email us at domestic@energyservicebristol.co.uk

Warm Homes Fund

Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council were successfully awarded funding from the Warm Homes Fund for funding toward the cost of first time central heating systems. The local authorities are working in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, who are referring eligible households for support.

For more information and to see if you meet the criteria or for support with applying:

Fill out the form on the CSE website www.cse.org.uk/whf

Or email their team at home.energy@cse.org.uk

Or, call the advice team on 0800 082 2234 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard

Are you the owner of property that you are renting out for tenants to live in?

From April 2018, you must make sure that your property has at least an EPC rating of E before you renew a tenancy or rent it out to a new tenant.

After 1 April 2020, this minimum standard will apply to all privately rented properties, even if the tenancy hasn’t changed.

A Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) grant can help you meet the Domestic Private Rented Property Minimum Standard regulations. For further information about how you may be able to access the grant, head to the Get an Energy Performance Certificate page.

Feedback from landlords in receipt of the MEES grant:

“Contractors were good at communication, when one had to cancel a few times we were informed in good time. [They] did what they said they would do. [They] were courteous and respectful when on site. The work was carried out efficiently and the site was left tidy”

“[The Domestic Energy team] was very good at coordinating everything and was easy to contact via phone and email. [They] should get a medal. Thanks.”

Landlord in Windmill Hill

Homeowner Energy Loans

In addition to funding, there are affordable finance options available for home improvements. To support with the cost of an energy efficiency measure, there are loans up to £15,000 that you can apply for.

The loans available include:

0% Loan for Energy Efficiency

To get this type of energy loan you must:

  • own and live in your property
  • meet the eligibility criteria under the council’s Statement of Intent
  • have enough equity in your property to cover the agreed loan
  • agree to pay back the outstanding balance if you move home

The maximum loan available is £15,000. There’s a fixed interest rate of 0%.

Energy loans for owner-occupiers including private landlords

To get this type of energy loan you must:

  • have enough equity in your property to cover the agreed loan
  • agree to pay back the outstanding balance if you move home

The maximum loan available is £15,000. There’s a fixed interest rate of 4%.

Contact us at 0117 352 1180 or domestic@energyservicebristol.co.uk today to find out more information and how you can apply.

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