Energy saving support schemes and advice

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Many suppliers offer free or subsidised energy saving measures to customers through government-backed schemes to encourage energy efficiency.

Being more energy efficient can help reduce your bills, keep your home warm and reduce our impact on the environment. Here we explain the schemes, who to talk to about applying and how you can get additional advice and support. 

Government energy efficiency schemes

Feed-in Tariff

Who runs it?

Ofgem administers parts of the scheme, but specific electricity suppliers handle applications and payments.

What is it?

  • A regular payment from an electricity supplier if you generate your own electricity from a renewable source.
  • Homes, businesses and community groups can all apply.
  • The amount depends mainly on what technology you use and how much electricity you can generate.

How do I get it?

  1. Apply to an electricity supplier – for a list of participating companies, see our section on the Feed-in Tariff (it doesn’t have to be your own).
  2. Before applying, you need either approval through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme ('MCS') or accreditation under ROO-FIT. Which you need depends on the technology you use and the amount of electricity you generate. 

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): Domestic and Non-Domestic

This scheme has two parts: non-domestic and domestic.

Each has its own application process, together with different tariffs, joining criteria and rules.

Who runs it?

Ofgem runs both parts of the scheme, based on policy and regulations written by the government.

What is it?

  • A payment for producing heat from a renewable source and using it to warm your home or business.
  • You’re paid a tariff rate for each unit of energy you generate.
  • Domestic payments are spread over seven years.
  • Non-domestic payments are spread over 20 years.

How do I get it?

First, see our sections on:

You can then apply to Ofgem, the scheme administrators, using the details you'll see online.

Green Deal

Who runs it?

Ofgem doesn’t administer this government scheme – it’s run by the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body.

What is it?

A way to finance work that will make your home or business more energy efficient.

Some upgrades, such as better insulation, will reduce your energy bills. The Green Deal may let you pay for their installation using the savings from those bills.

How do I get it?

  1. Start by getting a Green Deal Assessment. You may have to pay for this.
  2. To find an assessor, go to: gdorb.decc.gov.uk/consumersearch.

If the assessment recommends improvements, you can arrange for financing and installation.

Energy Company Obligation

Who runs it?

Ofgem administers this scheme.

What is it?

  • An obligation for energy companies to install energy-efficiency measures in homes.
  • Measures include loft and wall insulation, and more efficient boilers. Companies can choose which homes they treat and how much to fund.
  • The carbon and cost savings of these measures count towards the companies’ obligations.

How do I get it?

  1. See our section on the Energy Company Obligation
  2. Speak to an energy company (it doesn’t have to be your own).
  3. Speak to an installer.
  4. Speak to the Energy Saving Advice Service (opens another website)

Warm Home Discount

Who runs it?

Ofgem monitors energy companies under this scheme.

What is it?

  • A one-off £140 bill reduction. You may be eligible if you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
  • Some suppliers also offer the discount to other groups, such as people with disabilities or young children. The details vary, so check with your electricity supplier for specifics.
  • Not all suppliers offer the rebate, though the larger companies have to.

How do I get it?

  1. To find out if you qualify, call the Energy Saving Advice Service (opens another website).
  2. If you receive a pension you may be paid automatically. Otherwise your supplier will ask you to apply, and will set a deadline for this.

You can find further information on our role in delivering certain government schemes and more detail on these schemes at Environmental Programmes.  

Get further energy saving advice

You can get further advice and support on energy efficiency from the:

More extra help guides

Publications and updates

  • Published: 21st Aug 2014
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This printable leaflet explains the government schemes and incentives that can help you make your home more energy efficient or generate your own electricity.

  • Published: 21st Aug 2014
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This printable leaflet lists ways ways to cut your energy use and ways to pay less for the energy you do use.