Support for reducing domestic carbon emissions

West Suffolk Council declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in July 2020 and has agreed a package of actions which will enable the council to produce net zero emissions by 2030. To find out more see our Environment and Climate Change Taskforce page

The council is supporting the residents and communities of West Suffolk to improve their home energy efficiency and the government has launched a series of funding initiatives to support home insulation and renewable energy installations.

Green Homes Grant

The government has recently launched the Green Homes Grant where grant payments of up to £5,000 or £10,000 (depending on household income) are available and will cover two-thirds of the cost of qualifying home improvements. A list of measures that you can claim a voucher for is included below.

Green Homes Grant measures

Primary measures Secondary measures
  • solid wall insulation
  • under floor insulation
  • cavity wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • flat or pitched roof insulation
  • room in roof insulation
  • insulating a park home
Low carbon heat measures:
  • air source, ground source, or hybrid heat pump
  • solar thermal
  • biomass boilers
  • draught proofing
  • double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazed windows)
  • secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • external energy efficient doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)
  • heating controls
  • hot water tank thermostats and insulation

If you install one of the above primary measures you can also claim for support for secondary measures.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the green homes grant the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • you own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
  • you own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveler sites)
  • you are a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations).

For more information or to apply visit: Simple Energy Advice - Green Homes Grant

Renewable heat incentive

A subsidy scheme to promote the use of renewable heat technologies including solar thermal and heat pumps. Under this scheme the resident must fund the initial installation cost but will receive quarterly payments for seven years based on the amount of renewable heat generated in the home heating system.

To be eligible for the renewable heat incentive you must either own your home or be a private or social landlord.

If you are looking to install a renewable heating technology, you can find out how much money you likely receive by using the Government Renewable Heat Incentive calculator

For more information visit: OFGEM - Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Smart Export Guarantee

An initiative to support small scale renewable energy generators where you can be paid for any excess electricity you generate and export to the grid. You can claim the tariff if you have any of the following technologies installed with a capacity of up to 5megawatt (mW), or up to 50kilowatt (kW) for Micro-combined heat and power (CHP).

  • Solar photovoltaic
  • Wind
  • Micro combined heat and power
  • Hydro
  • Anaerobic digestion

The energy suppliers that offer smart export payments are only required to offer you a tariff that is greater than zero therefore the rate each energy company pays is likely to vary. You should compare the tariffs available before agreeing a contract. Furthermore, the tariffs may be fixed or variable similar to your existing electricity tariff, but they are managed separately.

For more information visit: OFGEM - Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)

Suffolk Greener Homes interest free loan

Loans of up to £5,000 at 0% APR to help homes cut their energy use. Loans are available for energy saving measures. Loans are only available for the installation of approved materials and technologies by accredited installers.

  • Solar photovoltaic panels 
  • Solar thermal
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Domestic wind turbine
  • Biomass boiler
  • LED lighting
  • Loft and floor insulation, cavity wall fill, internal and external solid wall insulation
  • Draught-proofing
  • Double and triple glazing
  • Electric vehicles and charging points
  • Water conservation measures (for example rainwater harvesting)

For more information see Green Suffolk - loans for energy efficiency