Grants and Funding
There are several regional, national and European funds available for efficiency measures and renewable energy projects of all sizes. Click the links below to find the latest information on the grants and funding available.
Suffolk Climate & Energy Helpline - 0800 02 88 938
The Suffolk Climate & Energy Helpline is supported by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and run by the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership.
The Helpline on 0800 02 88 938 is available to all Suffolk residents, providing free, independent expert advice and information on ways to save energy at home, and in the community, helping you to save money on your energy bills, and reduce your household carbon footprint.
Advice and help is available on all aspects of improving your homes’ energy efficiency, from loft and wall insulation, to heating system upgrades, installing renewable energy systems, and right through to whole house eco retrofits.
Information is also available on what grants and funding may be available such as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), the Green Deal, Interest Free Loans, and on Feed-in-Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive available for renewable energy.
By calling the Helpline householders can also be referred to the Suffolk Energy Action (SEA) scheme . SEA is a new service introduced by Suffolk’s county, borough and district council’s to provide access to Green Deal funded energy efficiency home improvements.
Through the Climate & Energy Helpline information can also be obtained about climate change, and the many other ways you can reduce carbon emissions and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, adapt to the effects of climate change, and help make Suffolk the Greenest County.
Funding for home energy efficiency improvements
Are you affected by rising fuel bills or do you know somebody who is? Then the council supported Suffolk Energy Action service could help you benefit from energy efficient improvements like a replacement boiler, cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation – even solar panels.
Suffolk Energy Action (SEA) is designed to help all Suffolk residents save money on their energy bills and encourage the reduction of carbon emissions through energy efficiency improvements. Suffolk Energy Action will provide assessments on the energy performance of homes, identify potential improvements, and provide options and advice for grant funding.
Many householders living in homes without mains gas and/or in properties without cavity walls may qualify for extra financial assistance via the Suffolk Energy Action scheme. For example, early takers can qualify for the Green Deal Cash-back worth over £4,000 in the case of solid wall insulation.
Improvements within the Suffolk Energy Action scheme include:
- Cavity, loft and solid wall insulation
- Replacement boilers
- Renewable energy technologies e.g solar panels
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have partnered with the other County, District & Borough Councils in Suffolk to help residents save money on their energy bills. Together they are offering a new Council backed service called Suffolk Energy Action that provides funding and advice for the installation of energy efficiency improvements. Suffolk Energy Action is being delivered by Climate Energy and works to complement existing schemes like Suffolk’s Warm Homes Healthy People project. This service is funded via the national Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), householder contributions, central government grants, but not through Council budgets.
To find out what your options are and contact the scheme via the Suffolk Energy Action website or by calling freephone 0800 840 9090 (or from a mobile: 0208 633 9760).
Warm Homes Healthy People fund 2013-14
Mid Suffolk District Council is working with local authorities across Suffolk to support those who are struggling to keep warm or are worried about the cost of heating their home. The funding is designed to support those most in need. Family members, friends or neighbours are urged to help them.
The funding can offer, subject to eligibility:
- a free home energy survey carried out by an independent surveyor,
- emergency boiler repairs, or
- free temporary heater loan;
- help with cost of the home insulation
- energy- efficiency measures including draught proofing,
- assistance with paying fuel bills.
People could qualify for the free survey if they own or privately rent their home and:
- someone living in the property is over 60 or under 5 years old or
- someone living in the property is in receipt of a disability or means tested benefit or
- the property is within Council Tax band A-C
To find out more or book a survey call 08456 037 686 (Local rate, lines open Monday-Friday 9 - 5pm). Please note we have only member of staff to answer calls so if the line is busy please ring again.
Survey appointments are available evenings and weekends, as well as during the day.
Creating the Greenest County is an aspiration that involves the whole county in enhancing the natural and historic environment and responding to climate change. For details follow the link below:
All seven local authorities in Suffolk work together as Suffolk Energy Action Link (SEAL). The main priority for SEAL is to promote domestic energy efficiency and encourage a reduction in energy use within the home.
Ipswich and Suffolk Credit Union
A credit union is a cooperative financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at reasonable rates, and providing other financial services to its members.
Other funding opportunities in Suffolk
Funding and grants from the Government.
Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is here to give impartial, accurate and authoritative advice on how to reduce carbon emissions and use water more sustainably, as well as to help people to save money on energy bills.
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