Sustainable Warmth Grants

Oxford City Council has secured funding from the government to help local residents make their homes warmer and greener. The scheme will run from 1 April 2022 to March 2023.

The grants for households most likely to be impacted by rising fuel bills.

Can I get these free energy-saving improvements?

To be eligible for these improvements:

  • Your home should have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated E, F or G (D-rated homes can also be considered). Find out if your property has an EPC rating - don’t worry if you don’t know your EPC rating, it can be determined by the programme

And

  • You are on a low income. For example:
    • If your annual household income is under £30,000, or under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs
    • Your household is on means-tested benefits
    • An allowance will also be made for the number of children in your household, or if you have recently lost income.

How much is the grant?

Owner occupiers

  • For homes connected to the gas grid, the grant is up to £10,000.  
  • For homes not connected to the gas grid, the grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £25,000. 
  • The exact amount available is dependent on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the home and the fuel source that heats the home currently. 

Privately rented properties

  • For privately rented properties connected to the gas grid, the grant is up to £5000.
  • For privately rented properties not connected to the gas grid, the grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £16,666.
  • The exact amount available is dependent on the EPC of the home and the fuel source that heats the home currently. 
  • To qualify the tenant must meet the income eligibility and the landlord will need to contribute a minimum of one third towards the cost of the upgrades in addition to the grant provided.
  • If overall costs exceed the maximum grant available, additional investment by the landlord will be required.  Costs and the contributions expected from the landlord will be agreed prior to commencement of work.

What energy saving improvements can I get for my home?

  • Insulation and ventilation upgrades (to keep your home comfortable in both the winter and summer and help cut your energy bills)
  • An upgrade to a low carbon heating system (to cut your carbon emissions, so the new heating system to be installed cannot include a gas or oil boiler)
  • Heating Controls (that help save you money because you only use the heat when you need it)
  • Energy Efficient Hot Water Solution (keeping your water warm for longer and saving you money)
  • Solar Thermals (to keep your house warm)
  • Solar PV (to generate free electricity)
  • Energy Efficiency lighting (to make it cheaper to run)

Who applies for the grant?

  • Private tenants, private landlords and owner-occupiers can apply for the grant.
  • Private tenants must ensure their landlord is willing for works to be done to their property and that they understand they will have to make a financial contribution.
  • Private landlords wishing to apply for the grant must discuss it with their tenants. The income eligibility relates to the property's tenants.

How do I find out more?

  • Call the Energy Saving Trust free on 0808 196 8255 or visit the Sustainable Warmth website for more information and to complete the online application form.