There are several types of grants and discounts currently available to Lewisham residents.
Please contact us for advice on whether you qualify for grants for:
- renewable energy.
Grants and discounts
Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) enables people to pay for energy efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills. The Green Deal applies to both the domestic and non-domestic sectors.
Renewable energy can provide energy or heat to your home. We provide grants of up to £500 to help towards the cost of renewable technology, for more information contact the Housing Grants Team on 020 8314 6622.
The Feed in Tariff scheme (FiTs) provides financial support for anyone installing an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source. Your energy supplier will pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides financial support for the installation of renewable heat technology. The financial support covers solar thermal hot water systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers in homes, with payments ranging from £300 to £1,250 depending on the technology.
In addition to grants and discounts, the following may help with the cost of heating in winter:
Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment worth up to £300 to help older people pay their fuel bills. If you were born on or before 5 July 1952 you may qualify. It’s not means tested and you can get it if you’re still working or claiming a benefit. How much you receive will depend on your circumstances. If you have not received a Winter Fuel Payment before you will need to make a claim by 31 March 2014.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme helps some older people with their winter energy bills. Participating energy companies provide a rebate of £135 to eligible pensioners to help them with their energy bills. Some energy suppliers also offer the rebate to other customers in vulnerable groups. You must contact your electricity supplier to ask for the rebate. It may not come automatically. Find out if you are eligible for this discount at Directgov.
Cold Weather Payments are made during periods of particularly cold weather to people receiving certain benefits (e.g. Pension Credit). These payments are made automatically and you do not have to do anything in order to receive them.
Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance is a tax allowance for landlords making energy efficiency improvements to a property that they rent out in the UK or abroad. Landlords can claim the allowance (of up to £1500 per tax year) when filling in their annual tax return.
Ask your energy supplier if you are on their Priority Services Register. Everyone of pensionable age (or with long-term health problems) is entitled to be on the register. You could get free services including a password protection scheme, regular meter readings and an annual gas safety check.
Social tariffs and fuel debt advice
Many energy suppliers have social tariffs for those on lower incomes. This means that you may not have to pay as much for the fuel you use. If you have got into difficulties paying your fuel bills there may be help to get you back on track. For advice contact the Home Heat Helpline.