Action four: Help with energy saving and home improvements

Energy saving top tips

There are lots of quick and easy ways to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting, a student or living with parents, there are many things you can do.

Check out the Energy Saving Trust website for ideas


Rent and Council Tax

If you’re on a low income you may be able to get help with paying your rent and Council Tax through your local council.

Certain people are eligible for discounts on their Council Tax, such as those who live alone, people with disabilities, carers and students. Make sure you check if you could be eligible.

Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It’s being replaced by Universal Credit, but you can still make a new claim if you have reached State Pension age or  are in supported, sheltered or temporary housing.


Housing grants and funding

If you own a property in England or Wales you can get recommendations for home improvements that could make your property cheaper to heat and keep warm.

For each recommendation you can see:

  • an estimated cost of making the improvement
  • how much you could save on your bills
  • next steps if you want to make the improvement

Find out more about housing grants and funding


Support for Mortgage Interest

If you are a homeowner, you might be able to get help towards interest payments on your mortgage or loans you’ve taken out for certain repairs and improvements to your home. It’s paid as a loan, which you’ll need to repay with interest when you sell or transfer ownership of your home.

Find out more about Support for Mortgage Interest (GOV.UK).


Green Homes Grant

The Green Homes Grant is a scheme for homeowners and landlords to support the installation of energy saving low-carbon heating improvements to their homes. This could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills. This is for households with an annual income of less than £30,000.

Find out more about how to reduce your energy usage and bills.

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Check out the other actions...

Action one: Help with household bills

Get all the information you need to help with household bills and other costs including housing, council tax, energy and TV licence.

Find out more about 'Action one: Help with household bills'

Action two: Help with money and benefits

Billions of pounds in money and benefits go unclaimed every year. Make sure you are claiming everything you might be entitled to and are getting the help you need.

Find out more about 'Action two: Help with money and benefits'

Action three: Help with health and care costs

Check out this section for information on how to manage your health and care costs including prescription charges, home care and more.

Find out more about 'Action three: Help with health and care costs'

Action five: Help with food costs

There is a lot of support available to assist blind and partially sighted people with food costs. Read our guide for tips on the action you can take.

Find out more about 'Action five: Help with food costs'

Action six: Employment support

There is help and advice available about getting back into work or looking for a new job from a range of employment support sources.

Find out more about 'Action six: Employment support'
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