Helping hand

Help is at hand for low-income households without gas heating who will now be able to apply for funding to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has partnered with Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council to secure £2.7m funding through the government’s Home Upgrade Grant.

Eligible households will receive funding and support to install a range of energy-saving and low-carbon technologies including loft, underfloor and wall insulation, air source heat pump central heating systems, and solar panels.

Councillor Sarah Warren, deputy leader and cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel said: “With the cost of energy rising so sharply, it’s important to improve the energy efficiency of our homes to try to reduce bills. There are a range of options open to eligible homeowners to improve home energy performance and the measures that could be installed would be long term solutions, fit for the net zero future.”

Households that do not use gas central heating may be entitled to receive up to £25,000 of funding.

To be eligible for the scheme you must have:

  • a combined annual household income of less than £30,000 per year
  • an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G
  • electric or non-gas fossil fuel heating source such as oil or coal.
  • live in the B&NES area
  • be the owner, landlord or private rented tenant of the property

The scheme will be administered by Bristol City Council’s Energy Service.

Interested residents will need to complete the short registration form online and one of the team will be in touch to confirm your eligibility for the funding and to discuss the next steps.

If you have any questions about the scheme, you can contact the team directly by calling 0117 352 1180 or by emailing

Homeowners without an EPC certificate can apply. If you are eligible for funding an EPC can be arranged ahead of the installation.

More information about the Bright Green Homes funding and a link to the questionnaire can be found on the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s  Energy at Home website.

Bath and West Community Energy are also promoting Bright Green Homes through their networks and running engagement activities.

This is one of a number of energy-related home improvement and grant and loan schemes that are available to B&NES residents. More information can be found on the Energy at Home website.

You can find wider information about other types of help and support on the Community Wellbeing Hub website or by calling 0300 247 0050.