Local Energy Advice Partnership

LEAP

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) is a free energy and money saving advice service. We provide the service in partnership with AgilityEco.

Green Energy Switch, based in Peterborough, provides the LEAP Home Energy Assessors who carry out a full energy audit of the home. They give energy saving tips and advice to help householders save money on bills. The service also includes:

  • Installation of free and simple energy saving measures - such as LED lightbulbs, draught proofing, letter box brushes, reflective radiator panels, hot water cylinder insulation etc

  • Referrals through to Incomemax who can carry out income / benefit maximisation checks, bill management advice and debt advice as well as having routes into the utility companies' customer support services and charities for residents who are struggling with their bills

  • Referrals onto Government funding streams for larger scale energy efficiency measures for boiler repair, boiler replacement, loft, cavity, external and internal wall and underfloor insulation, solar panels and low carbon technologies

You can self-refer to the service by visiting the Green Energy Switch website or by calling 01733 646253

Please note: The Home Energy Advice visits run from August to March every year. In the summer months, a telephone advice and onward referral service to Incomemax and Government grant funding is in place.

Warmer Homes Scheme

We are part of the Warmer Homes Scheme, a consortium of 21 local authorities delivering Government funding to improve energy efficiency of homes under the Sustainable Warmth Programme

There are two elements to this scheme:

Green Homes Grant - Local Authority Delivery (LAD)

This supports low-income households heated by mains gas to increase the comfort and warmth in their home. Householders are likely to be eligible for grant funding under this scheme if:

  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G (if an EPC hasn't been registered, the team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out) and either:
  • The household has an annual total household income of £30,000 or less, before housing costs / bills
    or:
  • The household receives a benefit listed under the ECO HHCRO criteria or is eligible under their local authority's ECO flexible eligibility statement of intent

Grants of up to £10,000 per property are available to homeowners. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for private rented property, with the landlord contributing at least 33% of the cost. Eligible measures include:

  • Loft, cavity, internal and external wall and under-floor insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Park Home insulation
  • Solar panels
  • Smart heating controls

Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

This supports low-income households in properties off the gas grid and heated by oil, electric panel or energy inefficient storage heaters, LPG or solid fuel where there is no fixed heating system. Households are likely to be eligible for funding under this scheme if:

  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G (if an EPC hasn't been registered, the team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out) and either:
  • The household has an annual total household income of £30,000 or less, before housing costs / bills
    or:
  • The household receives a benefit listed under the ECO HHCRO criteria or is eligible under their local authority's ECO flexible eligibility statement of intent

Grants of up to £25,000 per property are available to homeowners. Private landlords need to contribute at least 33% of the cost. Eligible measures include:

  • Loft, cavity, internal and external wall and under-floor insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Park Home insulation
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar panels
  • Smart heating controls
  • High Heat Retention Storage Heaters

You can find further information and full eligibility criteria for both funding streams by contacting Warmer Homes:

Telephone: 0800 038 5737
Email: info@warmerhomes.org.uk

Other assistance available

Energy Company Obligation (ECO3)

The Energy Company Obligation is a Government energy efficiency scheme for Great Britain. It is administered by Ofgem. 

ECO3 comprises entirely of a single obligation - the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) - which includes funding for:

  • The replacement of broken heating systems
  • The upgrade of inefficient heating systems
  • The installation of insulation

The funding is to help reduce home heating costs for low income, fuel poor and vulnerable people.

The qualifying benefits for eligibility under the ECO HHCRO criteria are as follows:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income based Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit below certain income thresholds
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

Local Authority ECO Flex Eligibility

Local authorities can identify households not on one of the means-tested benefits shown above, but are likely to be in fuel poverty or are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. 

We issue declarations to energy efficiency companies if they identify a household which meets the criteria for LA ECO Flexible Eligibility which has been published in a statement of intent on our Home Energy Conservation page.

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