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Energy in the Home

You can use our online form to contact us or make a referral

We can advise you on how you can save money on your household energy bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint. This may involve being more energy efficient, generating your own renewable energy, switching to a green tariff or insulating your home to keep the heat in.

Find out more about the grants and schemes available from installers and the government to help fund the installation of energy efficiency measures see the information below or contact us on energysaving@thanet.gov.uk

Solar Together

This bulk discount scheme is aimed at reducing the cost of installing solar PV and/or battery storage. The scheme is delivered by Solar Together and is available to all Thanet residents, though if you are in a privately rented property you must obtain the permission of your landlord. Find out more on the Solar Together website.

Winter Warmth grant

You can apply for the Winter Warmth grant to provide heating or insulation if someone in your household is over 60 years of age with a long-term health condition. Households with children aged under five can apply under specific circumstances. This grant is subject to repayment conditions if you later sell your property. Find out more at thanet.gov.uk.

Boiler Upgrade scheme

This government scheme opens on 23 May 2022 and is available to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales.

The government will provide grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), helping property owners to overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.

You can get:
£5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
£5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
£6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

For more information please go to the gov.uk website.

Sustainable Warmth

This new Government energy-efficiency grants cover a range of energy-saving home improvements designed to help households who are most likely to be impacted by the cost of rising bills. These improvements will help households to use less energy and spend less on their energy bills.

What energy saving improvements may I be able to I get for my home?

  • Insulation and ventilation upgrades
  • An upgrade to a low carbon heating system (the new heating system cannot include a gas or oil boiler)
  • Heating Controls
  • Solar PV (that generates free electricity)
  • Energy Efficient lighting

For more information please read the Sustainable Warmth FAQs

Grant available

Owner occupiers

For homes connected to the gas grid, the grant is up to £10,000. For homes not connected to the gas grid, the grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £25,000. The exact amount available is dependent on the Energy Performance Certificate of the home and the fuel source that heats the home currently (the Energy Performance Certificate ( can be determined by the grant man if it is unknown).

Privately rented properties

To qualify the tenant must meet income eligibility and the landlord will need to contribute a minimum of one third towards the cost of the upgrades. If overall costs exceed the maximum grant available, additional investment by the landlord will be required. Costs and the contributions expected from the landlord will be agreed prior to commencement of work.
For privately rented properties connected to the gas grid, the grant is up to £5000.
For privately rented properties not connected to the gas grid, the maximum grant is on a sliding scale, from £10,000 to £16,666. The exact amount available is dependent on the Energy Performance Certificate of the home and the fuel source that heats the home currently.

Sustainable Warmth Grant eligibility

The following criteria must be met:

  • The household must be a private domestic dwelling in England with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G. There is a 30% cap on Band D properties, and with high interest in the scheme and a high proportion of D rated properties put forward already, you may be placed on a waiting list if your home is D rated. If your property’s EPC is unknown, it can be determined by the grant mangers.
  • The household must have either
    • a household income of no more than £30,000 (before tax or any other deductions)
    • an equivalised income where cost of living is below £20,000 (i.e. after rent or mortgage costs)
    • a household composition (e.g. number of dependents) which stretches income to a position where they would be in fuel poverty.

How to Apply

Eon are managing delivery of the grants

Check your eligibility and apply through the online application here www.eonenergy.com/green-homes-grant

If you prefer to phone, please call Eon on 0333 202 4859.

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If you are struggling to afford your energy bills, you may be able to take advantage of certain benefits, grants and financial help offered by the government and energy suppliers.

Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before 5 October 1954, you could be entitled to £100 – £300 to help you pay your heating bills. Winter Fuel payments are usually paid automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (excluding Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). Find how much you can get, and how to claim on gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment.

Winter fuel payment extra – Those who receive the winter fuel payment will also receive an additional £300 this winter.

Cold Weather Payments

Cold Weather Payments are one-off payments to help you pay for extra heating costs when it’s very cold. If you are eligible, you will get a payment each time the temperature drops below a specific temperature for a set period of time. You may be eligible if you already get:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

Find out more on the Government’s Cold Weather Payments website.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Check with your energy supplier to see if they offer the Warm Home Discount – not all suppliers are part of the scheme. You have to apply yourself and you might be able to get £140 off your electricity bill.

In July 2022, this discount will increase to £150. If you’re eligible you’ll receive a letter in October 2022 from your energy supplier, telling you that you will either receive the rebate automatically and therefore don’t need to do anything, or that you may be eligible but need to call a dedicated helpline to provide further evidence of your eligibility.

Support for all homes

A £400 energy grant will be paid to all households with an electricity meter. All homes will get it (but communal bill-payers and park-home owners may miss out). If you pay by direct debit or receive a bill you will get the money credited to your energy accounts. If you are on a prepay key or card, then you will be paid by voucher. The payments will likely be spread out between October 2022 to March 2023.

Low income Energy Bill Support

£650 payment will be made to households on certain means-tested benefits. This will be paid in two lump sums. The first one of £326 will be around Thursday 14 July and will be paid directly into the account you receive your benefits into. The second payment will be in the autumn.

If you are on any of the following benefits, you need to have received a payment on any date between 26 April and 25 May 2022 to qualify:

  • Child tax credit
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income support
  • Universal credit
  • Working tax credit
  • Pension credit

This payment is tax-free, will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not have any impact on existing benefits.

Grants to help you pay off energy debts

If you have large arrears on your gas, electricity or water bills, the following energy companies offer grants and schemes to help you to repay your debt.

When you apply, you will have to provide detailed information about your financial situation. It may take some time to complete, and you may need to ask for help in completing the application.

You can ask for help to complete the application from charity Charis Grants, or from an adviser at Citizens Advice or HOPE.

The British Gas Energy Trust Individual and Families Fund

This fund is available to anyone, it offers grants of up to £1,500 to help with energy debt. Eligibility criteria is quite strict, but generally, to access the scheme you need to be spending more than 10% of your income on energy, have less than £1,000 in savings, have energy debts of at least £250 and have already sought advice on money issues from a charity or money advisor. You also can’t have received a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust within the last two years.

We would advise speaking to a charity to make an application such as National Energy Action or Citizens Advice.

Priority Services Register

The Priority Services Register is available to residents who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Receive a pension
  • Are disabled or chronically sick
  • have a long-term medical condition
  • have a hearing or visual impairment or additional communication needs
  • are in a vulnerable situation.

To be added to the Priority Services Register, contact your energy supplier or network provider. See more information on the sgn.co.uk website.

Energy switching

You may be able to save money on your energy bills by switching supplier. You can use one of the cost comparison websites to check. You may be able to buy your energy as part of a collective group.

If you need further assistance with debt advice, contact:

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We can offer advice free of charge to all Thanet residents, whether you own your home, or rent from a private landlord through the council or a housing association.

We can:

  • Give information on local and national schemes to help keep you well and warm at home
  • Help you find funding for energy saving and heating measures
  • Support you with energy and other household debts
  • Give advice on ways to save money
  • Signpost you to other relevant community services and schemes, and much more

To contact us

To contact us for advice, please complete the form on our website, email us on energysaving@thanet.gov.uk or call 01843 577 400.

Green Doctors

You can contact Green Doctors if you are on a low income and would like help to:

  • Switching your energy tariff to a better deal
  • Reduce your energy use at home
  • Access the Warm Homes Discount or Priority Services Register
  • Apply for energy or water debt relief

Share the Warmth

If your loved ones are struggling to know what to do to reduce energy bills or are not able to take action to reduce their energy use alone, there are some simple steps you can take to help them stay warm and save.

  • Learn the top 5 energy-saving tips
  • Test your knowledge
  • Plan who you can help

It all takes less than 10 minutes – so are you ready to help your loved ones? – Share the Warmth

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A home in good repair, that is safe, warm, and comfortable will improve your health and wellbeing. Cold, damp homes in poor condition can be expensive to heat and can affect your health.

In the UK there are requirements for landlords to keep their rented properties safe and free from health hazards.

Landlords must ensure that all gas and some electrical equipment is installed safely, and maintained. They should also give you an Energy Performance Certificate for your property (exemptions apply). Your rented property should be rated A, B C D or E. Properties with F and G ratings require an exemption from the council.

Do you have housing maintenance problems or concerns?

First contact your landlord or letting agent in writing to let them know about the concerns you have. Keep a record of the dates you first noticed the problems and when you reported them. Your landlord should let you know what they intend to do to address the problems.

If your landlord or letting agent does not make the repairs, you can visit Citizens Advice for guidance on what your options are as a tenant in privately rented accommodation.

You can also contact our Environmental Health team on environmental.health@thanet.gov.uk or Private Sector Housing team on housing.conditions@thanet.gov.uk

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As a frontline worker, you play an essential role in helping people who can’t afford to heat their home.

Around 10% of households in Thanet face fuel poverty with many having to choose between heating and powering their home or spending money on other essential outgoings such as rent and food.

There are three main factors that influence a household’s ability to keep warm and power their home:

  • Rising or high energy prices
  • Low incomes
  • Energy inefficient homes

NICE publishes guidelines on excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with living in cold homes.

How can you help?

It is possible to help a household out of fuel poverty.

Ways to do this include:

  • Providing financial pathways to increased income
  • Improve the heating and insulation of properties

It is also important to support householders to understand their bills, how to use energy in the home and to have knowledge of the support available.

If you encounter someone who needs help to keep their home warm, contact us using our online referral form.

Training and resources

If you are in a frontline position or represent a community group that works with people who may be vulnerable to fuel poverty, we can provide training to help you to:

  • identify people who are most vulnerable and recognise signs in the home
  • identify the health implications of fuel poverty
  • Improve your understanding of home energy efficiency and money saving improvements
  • know how to refer clients

If your team would benefit from a visit from our Home Energy Officer, please email us on energysaving@thanet.gov.uk to arrange this.

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