Thousands of pounds in Government grants are still available for Chelmsford residents to claim for improvements which can help cut their energy bills – but time is running out.

Green Home Grants can help to pay for up to £10,000 of insulation, heating (except gas and oil boilers), heating controls, hot water systems, ventilation, solar thermal, solar panels or lighting.

Who can apply for the grants?

Eligibility for the grants is wider than many people realise. If your household income is less than £20,000 per year after your mortgage and council tax, you could be eligible. You may also qualify if a member of your household is receiving certain benefits.

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credit

Your home’s energy performance certificate (EPC) rating needs to be D, E, F or G. You can check your EPC rating online.

What if you rent?

You need to own your home to apply, but if you rent, funding is also available for your landlord. A 33% contribution from the landlord is needed and the maximum funding per property is £5,000.

Apply for a Green Homes Grant today

“If you think there’s a chance that you could be eligible, please apply. It’s quick, easy and costs nothing to fill out the form. This funding could make your home more energy-efficient, lowering your carbon footprint and your bills permanently.”

Councillor Rose Moore, Cabinet Member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford

You have until 31 March to apply. Find out more and apply through the Energy Saving Trust.

This round of funding is managed by Energy Hub and Warmworks.

By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at or on 01245 606984.

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