Advice on grants for insulation and other home energy improvements

I’m afraid there is no simple answer to the question – “what insulation and other home energy grants are available?”  It depends on where you live, the age and condition of the house you presently are in, your circumstances, and the time you ask the question because the offers made by the various utility companies come and go.

Luckily help is at hand in the shape of the Energy Savings Trust.  You can find out what grants are available to you in two ways.  One is through this page on their website:

The other is by ringing 0800 512 012 and talking to an advisor.

Either way you have to go through a questionnaire before they can come up with the offers available to you.  The questions are in the following sections:

  • Describe your present house
  • What grants and offers are you interested in?
  • What is your household?
  • Is anyone in household on benefits?

I have tried the service for myself and for someone else and was impressed both times.  One bit of government which seems to work well!

The EST website gives the following information on the service they offer.

“Our database contains details of hundreds of energy saving grants and discounts, including those from the government and energy suppliers. By entering your details over the next pages you’ll be able to find out which ones are right for you and how to apply. Our advisers can also help you identify the best grants and discounts for you, so if you’d prefer to, give them a ring on 0800 512 012 during office hours.

Our database includes grants from a range of providers including government, energy suppliers, retailers and installers. Energy Saving Trust tries to ensure that all installers listed are members of the National Insulation Association (NIA). However, it is unable to offer any other recommendation or endorsement of any of the listed installers or the products they install. Please visit to find out more about the checks carried out by the NIA on its members. Similarly, the Energy Saving Trust is also unable to guarantee price and “lead times” shown in the database and you should ensure that the written agreement with your chosen installer confirms this information.”

Derek Smith


  1. This is great information! To think that you can get grants for work that is essential and will save you money in the long run! Well done for spreading the word. Insulation and double glazing is a real money saver, and anything that can be done in this vain to your house is a great idea for the pocket and the environment.

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