If you are a homeowner residing within the Wakefield District, you have the opportunity to enhance the comfort of your property, boost its energy efficiency, and reduce your utility expenses through the initiatives of Wakefield Council. Best of all, these improvements come at absolutely no expense to you.

Under the Home Upgrade Grant Scheme, the Council has allocated £1.5 million to implement a range of enhancements for qualifying homes. You can benefit from complimentary insulation, options like Air Source Heat Pumps or alternative electric heating methods, as well as receive energy-efficient lightbulbs and even solar panels.

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Regeneration, said: “This scheme is good for the environment and people’s homes. We can offer improvements that tackle fuel poverty and raise standards, with better air quality and lower carbon footprints.

“Our team will support residents throughout the process, from help in filling out application forms to a comprehensive survey to find out what work is needed on an eligible property.”

To qualify for the scheme, you must meet all the following criteria:

Do not use mains gas to heat your home.

Be an owner-occupier.

Have a total gross household income of £31,000 or less.

Live in a home with an energy efficiency rating of D, E, F or G only.

You will not be asked to contribute to any works which are carried out.

There is funding for 35 households for this year and 40 households for 2024, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested, please contact Wakefield Council now. Call our Energy Team on 01924 305887 or email energyteam@wakefield.gov.uk.

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) Scheme is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. We secured £1.5 million in funding, to run the HUG scheme over two years or until the allocation has been spent.