Government funding available to upgrade energy inefficient homes

Homeowners in England should contact their local council to find out if they are eligible for government funding for upgrading energy inefficient properties.
The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG 2) scheme from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will give up to £700 million to owner-occupied and private rented homes.
Local authorities have to apply for the funding and if successful the use it to install energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating to eligible homes in the area. Measures could include home insulation with an air source heat pump.
To be eligible, properties must not be heated by mains gas, have an EPC rating of D or lower, and either a household annual income of under £31,000 or be located in an economically deprived neighbourhood.
Private rented sector homes can apply, provided the landlord has no more than four properties and the tenants meet the above criteria. Landlords with an eligible property or portfolio will be required to pay a third of the costs associated with the improvements with the local authority paying the rest.
Anyone looking to access HUG 2 funding should contact their local authority to find out more.
Sheldon Bosley Knight’s sales manager Morgan Rhys said: “With the cost of living crisis and government plans to insist on rental properties being graded C or above in terms of their EPCs, it is really important landlords and owner occupiers check to see if they are eligible for funding.
“For landlords especially this could really help with the costs to enable their rental property to achieve the required EPC rating.”