Grants and Loans to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

Financial help available to residents for improving home energy efficiency.


Green Homes Grant

Green Homes Grant vouchers of up to £5,000 and £10,000 are available to homeowners and landlords in Mendip to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. 

The Government is providing vouchers that cover up to two thirds of the cost of improving the energy efficiency of your home.  Available to both homeowners and renters.  The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000 and some homeowners may be able to receive up to £10,000 with no contribution if a member of the household receives a qualifying benefit.

For more information and to apply visit the Simple Energy Advice website.

Help and support is provided by the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Residents may be entitled to Council grants and loans on top of the voucher scheme to cover contribution or for additional works.  Further details and enquiry form below.

Council grants

Safer Home Grants: up to £10,000 available for low income home owners (usually on a means tested benefit or vulnerable) to make energy improvements, improve homes and reduce fuel bills. 

Energy grants: up to £100 available to pay for the cost of getting an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC); up to £500-£1000 available for completing energy efficiency improvements where the property has an EPC rated D or lower.  Available to home owners, tenants and landlords. 

Visit our Financial Assistance webpage or for general advice and to apply use the Grant Enquiry form, Email privatesectorhousing@mendip.gov.uk or phone 01749 341490 / 0300 303 8588.  

Temporary heating: If you are without heating and need temporary heating while your system is being installed or replaced, Contact Somerset Independence Plus on 0300 303 7794 to see if you are eligible to borrow free heaters.

Council loans

Property owners and landlords can apply for a Safer Home Loan to pay for property improvements including renewable energy installations such as solar panels.  Contact our partners Lendology CIC to apply or visit our Financial Assistance webpage for further information.  Bulk buy fuel loans are also available. 

This brief case study illustrates benefits gained from a home loan: Icon for pdf Case Study - Frome's Solar Streets [136.12KB] 

For more information on council loans visit Lendology CIC, phone 01823 461099. Icon for pdf Lendology CIC leaflet [965.51KB]

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants

Through ECO grants you could get some or all of the costs towards:

  • loft or wall insulation
  • installing a more efficient boiler
  • boiler insulation
  • draught proofing your house
  • double glazing
  • a different heating system
  • solar panels

ECO Grants are funded by the major energy suppliers in the UK such as British GasEDFe.onnpowerScottish Power and SSE.

Find out more about the grants and how they work on the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) website. 

Use the GOV.UK energy grants calculator to answer some questions about your home and see if you can get a grant.

Saving and earning

You may be able to save money and qualify for incentives by using renewable energy in your home.  Visit our Renewable Energy page for further information.