The energy-saving items households can buy with proposed £15k grant
25th November 2022

From smart radiator thermostats to Google Nest… the energy-saving items middle-income households can buy with proposed £15,000 Government grant to make home more efficient

  • Middle-income homes could get £15,000 to make energy efficiency savings
  • The ‘eco plus’ fund will be announced by Business Secretary Grant Shapps
  • It will go towards smart heating controls, as well as loft and cavity wall insulation 

UK households facing a cost of living crunch this winter could potentially save hundreds of pounds a year in gas and electricity bills if they use government grants of up to £15,000 to buy and install energy efficient gadgets and loft and cavity wall insulation.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps’s £1billion ‘eco plus’ fund is aimed at those able to pay and will reportedly include funding smart heating controls, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

The Government will fund the plans for the next three years and will meet 75 per cent of any upgrade costs.

Households could use the government grant to buy, for instance, a Google Nest thermostat – which turns the temperature down while you are away – for £189. The manufacturers claim that the gadget has saved over 4billion kWh of energy in millions of homes since 2011.

MailOnline has also found that households can buy Rockwool Sound Insulation Slab from Wickes for £80 per roll. According to the Energy Saving Trust, it could cost a detached house in England around £1,800 to install cavity insulation but would shave off £690 per year in bills – meaning that they would get their money back in savings in three years. 

And families could buy Knauf loft insulation for £24 per roll. For an average semi-detached home, you would need around six rolls, taking the total to £144 without installation costs. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that it could cost a detached house in England nearly £900 to install loft insulation, but save households £690 a year in energy bills.

UK households facing a cost of living crunch this winter could potentially save hundreds of pounds a year in gas and electricity bills if they use government grants of up to £15,000 to buy and install energy efficient gadgets and loft and cavity wall insulation

Business Secretary Grant Shapps is set to announce the ‘eco plus’ fund

The scheme is part of plans set to be announced by the Government as it tries to cut household energy use by 15 per cent by 2030. The Times also reported that ministers were preparing to announce a £25million public information campaign encouraging people to use less energy. 

The paper says it will cover more than 70,000 homes and save hundreds of pounds a year.

Ministers will consider plans to make the money available to those in council tax bands A to D for the next three years from April, with 75 per cent of any upgrade costs potentially being met.

Smart heating controls could also be covered under the new scheme. Pictured: An advanced thermostat

The scheme could contribute thousands of pounds to install loft insulation in middle-income households

The funding will be administered by energy suppliers, unlike the green homes grant that was axed last year. 

It was previously reported that Cabinet was preparing to launch a public information campaign at a cost of £25million to encourage the public to use less energy.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt previously said people would be joining a ‘national mission’ to reduce ‘energy dependency on what [Vladimir] Putin chooses to do’.

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