Make sure to check the eligibility conditions for any grants available. Some of these are only available to private tenants or homeowners.
Note that tenants must seek the landlord’s permission before having work done under any grants.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
An EPC gives information about a property’s energy use and environmental impact, with recommendations on how to cost effectively improve its energy efficiency and save money. It will give the property a rating on a scale from A (best) to G (worst) including an energy efficiency (SAP) rating on a scale of 1 (worst) to 100 (best). They are valid for 10 years.
An EPC is required every time you buy, sell or rent out a property and landlords are required to make the EPC available to tenants. .
EPCs allow prospective tenants or buyers to compare the likely running costs of properties. Minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties are anticipated by 2018. It is likely that the lowest acceptable energy rating will be E.
By 2016, tenants will be legally allowed to demand reasonable energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
For more information go to the GOV.UK website
To find an accredited person to undertake an Energy Performance Certificate or to check that an individual is accredited go to the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register
For council tenants:
Heating and insulation
Under the recent Decent Homes programme, most council properties have received modern heating systems. Many have had loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, where properties have cavity walls. The council is developing programmes to take advantage of Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) funding for insulation to council homes where possible. See our ECO page for more information.
Solar panels (PV)
Many properties are not suitable for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The most appropriate buildings have a south facing roof that is both large enough and structurally suitable, and which is not overshadowed by other buildings, chimneys or trees. To date, the council has been able to install PV on over 400 council-owned street properties that are most suitable.
If you have solar PV panels on your roof, you will have the advantage of free electricity as long as the panels are generating, i.e. during daylight hours. To gain most benefit from the available free electricity, you should adjust your daily routine to use energy hungry appliances during the daytime, when the panels are generating. These appliances could include vacuum cleaners, washing machines and irons, for example. At the same time you can charge up devices such as laptops and mobile phones which run on batteries.
For private tenants and homeowners:
For information on landlord/tenant responsibilities regarding repairs in private housing and possible repairs grants see repairs - private housing
Handyperson plus grants
Assistance is available for certain energy efficiency measures as part of this service. For more information, go to our handyperson plus grants page.