New government funded home upgrades to save up to £400 a year on energy bills

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The upgrades could save you up to £400 a year on your energy bills - are you eligible? <i>(Image: Getty)</i>
The upgrades could save you up to £400 a year on your energy bills - are you eligible? (Image: Getty)

A government scheme to provide energy efficient upgrades to homes could save you up to £400 a year on bills.

The Warmer Homes Consortium will provide energy efficient upgrades to hundreds of homes across Sussex to help residents save money on energy bills thanks to a funding award from the government.

The consortium is a partnership of 23 local authority partners including Horsham District Council, Adur District Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Mid Sussex District Council and Arun District Council.

Led by Portsmouth City Council, the consortium has been formed to promote energy efficiency and provide support to struggling households across their areas.


The funding has been received through the Home Upgrade Grant, which is a government scheme to improve the energy efficiency of vulnerable and low-income homes that do not have gas central heating, typically homes in rural areas.

The money will go towards improvements such as insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels and heating controls and can save households up to £400 a year on energy bills.

The idea of the funding is to tackle fuel poverty and make progress towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The funding will be available from April 2023 until March 2025 and will act as a continuation of the support already available via Warmer Homes, which has already helped hundreds of homes and delivered thousands of pounds in lifetime bill savings to date.

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Households on a low income, which have a poor energy rating and do not have mains gas central heating are encouraged to apply.

Private rental households will need landlord consent and contribution towards the cost.

There are certain eligibility criteria which must be met for you to apply:

  • Your home must have an EPC rating of E, F or G - there is limited funding is available for EPC D rated properties​

And you must either:

  • Have a total household annual income of £30,000 or less (before housing costs/bills) ​or

  • Receive a means-tested benefit such as Universal Credit or Housing Benefit

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For more information about the Warmer Homes programme, the eligibility criteria, and to apply for assistance you can visit the warmer homes website here: