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A guide to energy grants in Bristol

Updated: Jan 26


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Bristol, a city renowned for its commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness, offers a variety of energy grants to empower its residents and businesses in adopting green practices. These grants aim to reduce carbon footprints, enhance energy efficiency, and promote the use of renewable energy sources. In this article, we will explore the available energy grants in Bristol, providing a valuable resource for those seeking financial support in their journey towards a sustainable future.


The  Bright Green Homes project delivered by Bristol City Leap along with local councils will fund and support eligible households to install a range of insulation and low-carbon technologies including, wall and loft insulations, heat pumps and solar PV. Find out more here.


The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) is a government-run scheme, requiring energy companies to fund measures to tackle fuel poverty. This covers a wide range of improvements such as boiler replacements or insulation upgrades. You may be eligible if you receive certain benefits. Bristol City Council have agreed to the flexible scheme that slightly widens the criteria for eligibility, so you may qualify if you have a low household income or health condition.  Find out more here.


You may be able to get free or cheaper insulation to reduce your home’s energy bills if your home has an energy performance certificate (EPC) of D to G or is in Council Tax bands A-D in England or A-E in Scotland or Wales. Find out more here.


If you’re a homeowner with an oil, gas or electric boiler, you could receive a grant for up to £7,500 towards a heat pump or biomass boiler. The nice thing about this grant is that your installer applies, so it’s low admin for you.  Find out more here.


Retrofit West are offering vouchers of up to £250 towards an energy efficiency assessment of your home, to help you identify what kind of upgrades you could make. Find out more here.


If you’re a community group looking to support homeowners with retrofits, Retrofit West are offering grants of up to £20,000. Find out more here.


The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) offer grants of between £500 and £15,000 towards the cost of  products or equipment that reduce a business’s emissions. Find out more here.


Means-tested benefit recipients are entitled to £900 towards energy payments. These are paid in three instalments throughout the year. If you’re eligible, you should receive these payments automatically but you can report online if you think a payment has been missed. Find out more here.


This scheme is available to millions of households in the UK for payments towards energy costs. If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, or are on a low income and have high energy costs, you should have received a letter by January 2024. The one-off £150 payment is credited automatically towards your energy bills. Find out more here.


If you have someone in your house that was born before September 24th 1957 you could claim a Winter Fuel Payment of between £250 and £600. Most people get the payment automatically if they’re eligible – you should receive a letter in October or November. Find out more here.


If you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest, you may receive automatic Cold Weather Payments. A payment of £25 is triggered whenever the average temperature drops to zero degrees for a week. Find out more here.


Bristol’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the array of energy grants available to its residents and businesses. These grants not only contribute to a cleaner and greener environment but also help individuals and organizations save on energy costs. By taking advantage of these opportunities, Bristol continues to lead the way in fostering a sustainable future, proving that financial support combined with community-driven initiatives can make a significant impact on our journey towards a more eco-friendly society.


Story by SuSy House

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