Find business energy efficiency grants and schemes
This guide will help you find small business energy grants, schemes and advice to lower your carbon emissions and get more efficient with your commercial energy use. This can help you save money and become more environmentally friendly.
Support during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Call your supplier if you are worried. They may be able to offer payment plans you can afford more easily.
If you can’t agree on a plan or are told your business premises could be disconnected, contact Citizens Advice on 0808 223 1133 or use their online webchat.
Visit the GOV.UK website for current advice and information about financial help available to businesses during coronavirus. It includes loans, tax relief and cash grants.
The Financial Conduct Authority has also published financial resources for businesses.
Energy efficiency advice
The Carbon Trust offers businesses free, independent advice on efficient energy usage and installing sources of renewable energy. Use their Green Business Directory to find suppliers they have accredited. The National Energy Foundation YouGen website offers a similar tool.
The Energy Savings Trust website lists example case studies, energy efficiency resources and runs events to help businesses make informed choices, including supply chain advice.
The Smallbusiness.co.uk website also provides a range of online energy efficiency news for small business owners, including start-ups.
You can check GOV.UK’s Energy Technology List if you are planning new plant equipment. It covers independently verified energy-efficient products such as boilers, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
Then look at business-finance support schemes offered by suppliers and the government that may be able to pay for improvements. Some specialist agencies or charities may run funding and support schemes too. Ask around for information in your business networks.
Government business energy schemes, loans and grants
Many government schemes offer loans, grants or subsidised energy-saving measures to support small businesses with reducing their impact on the environment. These normally help with:
- energy efficiency measures – such as revising production processes
- the upfront costs of investing in energy-efficient equipment
- waste management and reduction initiatives
- sustainable development initiatives.
Start by searching the GOV.UK business finance and support finder.
Ask your local council if they provide energy efficiency funding or sustainable business growth grants. You will normally need to submit a business case to apply. Some initiatives may also be eligible for business innovation funding.
See if you can get paid to generate your own renewable power and heat through the national Smart Export Guarantee scheme.
The government is also proposing two new energy efficiency schemes from 2022 to replace the current domestic and non-domestic renewable heat incentives.
- Clean Heat Grant: upfront capital funding for households or businesses that integrate green heating technologies such as heat pumps and in certain circumstances biomass.
- Green Gas Support Scheme: funding support for biomethane injection to increase the amount of green gas in the national grid.
Ofgem is the intended schemes administrator. We will publish more information as the Government progresses with its proposals. Visit our Environmental and Social schemes area to find out more.
Business grants and services from energy suppliers
Energy companies may offer small business energy-efficiency schemes or grants.
Eligibility criteria and availability will vary, depending on things like:
- the size of your business
- your location
- your business sector.
Contact your supplier to find out what they offer.
Other business energy grants and support services
Try free grants search services, like Grants Online.
Let's Talk has information on business funds some charities offer and how to apply.
WRAP may offer grants and investments supporting business waste reduction costs.
If you run your business at home, also read our advice about schemes, grants and benefits to help with home energy.
Citizens Advice offers free, independent advice about business energy contracts and your rights.
- Call 0808 223 1133 or use their online webchat.
- For textphone, dial 18001 followed by the helpline number.
- Someone at their Extra Help Unit could take on your case if you are having difficulties with a supplier and are in a .
You can also contact the government’s free Business Support Helplines.