Nottingham City Council is supporting low-income homeowners in Nottingham to reduce their energy bills by installing insulation and solar panels in homes for free.

The City Council has successfully bid for over £6m of grants through the Sustainable Warmth Competition, which is funded by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The scheme aims, through a range of retrofit measures, to improve the energy efficiency of 511 cold and draughty homes that are difficult to keep warm in the winter.

The City Council is currently accepting applications for improvements, including:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Solar panel installation

To be eligible for the scheme, the property must be within the City of Nottingham area, have an Energy Performance Certificate of D or below* and the household income must be less than £31,000 per year.**

Homeowners are invited to a drop-in event on Wednesday 16th November at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, where they can speak to the team to find out which measures would be suitable for their home, understand the process and apply for the scheme.

Representatives from Nottingham Energy Partnership and Marches Energy Agency will also be attending the event to give attendees free, impartial and confidential advice to help reduce energy bills.

The event will be open between 12-6pm, and residents can drop-in at any time. More information about the event can be found here:

Cllr Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Energy and Waste Services, said: “Residents in Nottingham are facing increasingly high energy bills, which are placing a further squeeze on their already over-stretched budgets. Many are also living in cold homes that are challenging to keep warm in the winter.

“Supporting residents to lower their energy bills through retrofit schemes is helping us to improve the lives of residents in the city and make them more comfortable in their homes. These Greener HousiNG schemes support our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028 by reducing the amount of energy required to heat homes and keep them warm. I hope that those who are eligible apply for the funding to have improvements made to their homes, and that this helps to ease some of the concerns around paying energy bills.”

Wayne Bexton, Director of Environment and Sustainability, said: “It is pleasing to be able to offer grant support to improve properties at this current time when the cost of living is increasing. Eligible households should be able to benefit from energy saving works or even renewable energy technologies, both of which will combat rising bills and reduce carbon emissions.”

Find out more and apply for the scheme here:

*If homeowners are unsure of their home’s energy performance, the team can carry out an assessment to see if the property is eligible.  There is a cap on the amount of D rated properties accepted.

**Some income-related exemptions may apply, for instance if the household has one or more dependent children.