Energy efficiency funding mechanisms in the UK

Category: Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency Funding and Schemes

In light of the April 2018 deadline in England and Wales and increasingly strict energy legislation across the rest of the UK, properties owners are under pressure to familiarise themselves with all funding mechanisms available to them.

That’s why we’ve decided to take a regular look at some of the latest schemes to be launched across the country. Each month we’ll break down the main points of a selection of new mechanisms and give details on how they can benefit homeowners in the specific region.

We start with schemes in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the South-West of England – and be sure to check back next month for another selection.

ScotlandScotland People living in fuel poverty in Scotland will now have the opportunity to benefit from a £3 million funding pot reserved for green energy measures.

The Scottish government has made the money available in the form of interest free loans to help people install renewable electric and heat systems. Loans can be up to £10,000 and will go towards the installation of devices such as solar panels, biomass boilers and micro wind turbines.
Renewable-heat premium pay vouchers and one-off payments to householders are also available.

If you are interested in finding out how infrared thermography can be used to ensure consistent performance of solar panels, click here.



South West EnglandSouth-West England A new programme coordinated by the Energy Saving Trust is aiming to significantly improve the energy efficiency of properties in the region.

It is hoped that that ‘Ready to Retrofit’, a £2.3 million funding pot, will boost the local economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by funding measures associated with energy efficiency, renewable heat and renewable electricity.

Cheaper measures such as loft insulation and basic draught proofing are not available under the scheme; the primary focus is more complex measures that will significantly improve the performance of harder to treat properties.

Selection criteria for eligible schemes will include:

  • Number of social housing and vulnerable households present
  • Match funding available
  • Range of house and community types across the programmes, and therefore renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, to maximise learning and opportunities to drive innovation
  • Suitability for business support delivery
  • Other opportunities for learning and innovation.

You can find out more here.

Northern IrelandNothern Ireland An extra £6 million has been allocated to the Department for Social Development’s boiler replacement scheme.

Secured from the European Regional Development Fund, the money is likely to increase the number of homes able to benefit from the scheme by 8,000 – from 16,000 to 24,000.

The scheme offers a grant of up to £1,000 to replace inefficient boilers with energy efficiency condensing oil or gas boilers; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler.

It is available to households with an income of less than £40,000 a year and an inefficient boiler of 15 years (minimum).

At present, the scheme accounts for around 600 installations a month, with over 6,500 home having had new boilers installed, each one experiencing a significant increase in thermal efficiency.

For more information contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920900.

Ahead of securing funding to enhance your property stock’s energy efficiency, it is crucial to know precisely the measures it would benefit most from.

This requires a holistic surveying approach that assesses everything and ensures a clear refurbishment roadmap can be drawn up for the future.

At a time when the wrong refurbishments could compromise the continued legality of your property/properties, infrared thermography is giving owners unprecedented peace of mind by providing undeniable, visual evidence of issues.

Meanwhile, IRT’s patented Envision software quantifies energy loss in monetary terms showing clients precisely how much money is being lost from defects.

If you are interested in finding out more then check out our case studies or feel free to get in touch.