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The UK government has implemented various energy-saving schemes to help reduce energy consumption, promote sustainable living and tackle climate change. These schemes are designed to support households and businesses in reducing their energy consumption, lowering carbon emissions, and saving money on energy bills. Here are some of the UK government’s energy-saving schemes: Green Deal Scheme: […]
05 April 2023
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The UK government has implemented various energy-saving schemes to help reduce energy consumption, promote sustainable living and tackle climate change. These schemes are designed to support households and businesses in reducing their energy consumption, lowering carbon emissions, and saving money on energy bills.
Here are some of the UK government’s energy-saving schemes:
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The Green Deal Scheme helps homeowners make energy-saving improvements and helps you find the best way to pay for them. Examples of home improvements include insulation, heating, draft proofing, double glazing, and solar panels.
Solar panels do have an upfront cost to install, but they can save money on energy bills and also make you money by selling excess electricity back to the grid.
The RHI was a government scheme that provided MCS-certified solar panels. The scheme ended in March 2022. The Energy Company Obligation, or ECO scheme, is a government energy efficiency scheme for vulnerable and low-income households. ECO makes renewable energy sources like solar panels more accessible for those who wouldn’t be able to afford them otherwise.
There are eligibility criteria attached to the scheme. You can apply for the ECO4 grant if you’re in a recipient of benefits and if you own your home, or have permission to install solar panels from your landlord if you are renting. You may also be eligible if you receive the Warm Home Discount or you live in a house with an Energy Performance rating of E or lower. The scheme will run until March 2026.
Once you’ve installed solar panels on your property, then the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme is a government financial initiative that enables people who have installed renewable energy technologies such as solar panels to export their electricity back to licensed SEG energy providers for the National Grid. This scheme provides a tariff rate for energy suppliers to pay people who generate and export renewable energy.
The Clean Heat Grant, now renamed as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, is a UK government-run scheme that aims to help existing small domestic buildings transition to low-carbon heating systems for heating their homes.
Recipients of a Clean Heat Grant will receive up to £5,000 to cover upfront costs. With the grant, homeowners could save up to 50% on the price of their installation of an air source heat pump.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) tell you how energy efficient a property is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). The document also makes recommendations on specific ways in which energy efficiency can be improved.
The Energy Bill Support Scheme provides a discount on energy bills of £400 for most households in the UK. This scheme is being delivered through domestic electricity suppliers in six installments from October 2022 to March 2023.
The Government has also launched a national campaign to encourage people to implement energy-saving measures in the home, such as switching off light bulbs and setting the washing machine to 30 degrees.
In conclusion, the UK government has implemented several energy-saving schemes to help households to reduce their energy consumption, lower carbon emissions, and save money on energy bills. By taking advantage of these schemes, people can make a positive contribution to the environment and save money at the same time.
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