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Energy efficiency

We’re working towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions, improving energy efficiency and providing affordable warmth for homes and businesses in the city.

Energy at home

We are committed to working towards being carbon neutral by 2030. Improving the energy efficiency of homes plays a key part in this journey.

Retrofit home improvements

Domestic energy efficiency retrofit involves upgrading homes to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This may include installing insulation, upgrading heating systems and integrating renewable energy technologies, like solar panels.

Retrofitting improves comfort, lowers energy bills, and contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy efficiency retrofit schemes

See what schemes and funds for retrofit are currently available:

Get a survey done of your home by an impartial, professional surveyor from our energy projects team. You'll get a report detailing the best way to improve your home to save energy, reduce bills, and lower your carbon footprint. We also advise you on any funding help you may be able to get.

Find out more about Warm Home Surveys.

The Warmer Homes, Greener Homes fund helps Leicester homeowners who are struggling to afford to replace their broken or faulty heating system. The fund is aimed at helping those who are vulnerable to the cold due to having a long-term health condition or disability.

The fund also provides one-off grants of up to £500 for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Top-ups to help fund contributions clients have been asked to make. Funding is limited and awards don’t cover 100% of the costs.

Find out more about the Warmer Homes, Greener Homes fund and eligibility criteria.

ECO is a scheme run by energy companies to help improve the energy performance of homes occupied by vulnerable, low income households. This scheme is available to homeowners and private tenants who receive benefits.

ECO Flex is an extension of the ECO scheme, but the criteria for who qualifies for help are wider than the normal scheme.

Find out more about the ECO Flex scheme.

The government has announced that grants will be made available for homeowners to install low carbon heating systems until 2025. Find out more about the Boiler upgrade scheme.

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) scheme and the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme aim to improve the energy efficiency of privately owned and privately rented homes with a D, E, F or G energy rating.

The Home Upgrade (HUG) scheme is only for homes which have electric appliances, LPG oil or solid fuel as their main source of heating. The scheme installs free energy efficiency measures, such as:

  • External wall insulation (EWI)
  • Solar PV panels
  • Loft insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Air source heat pump
  • High retention storage heaters
Find out more about the HUG scheme on our Home Upgrade Grant page

Due to high demand, applications for the current phase of the Green Homes Grant LAD scheme have been paused.

If you have questions about your application for a previous phase of the scheme there is more information on our Green Homes schemes page.

Not seen anything here to help you?

When new schemes and grants become available, we'd like you to know about them. Tell us some details about your property and our energy team will let you know about retrofit grants and schemes that could benefit you.

Fill in our form to express interest in energy efficiency retrofit grants and schemes.

Advice and support


Energy at work

We are working to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions in Leicester. Businesses have a large impact on these targets, and we're dedicated to working with them to help them achieve this.

Climate change and energy costs are having a real impact on businesses and a business can benefit from increasing resilience to the rising energy costs. By focusing on energy efficiency, a business can reduce energy use, reduce energy bills, improve the overall efficiency of the businesses and help protect them from rising energy costs.

See what business schemes and funds are available below:

We’re offering grants from £200 to £5,000 to retail businesses towards the cost of energy efficiency measures. If eligible, you will be applying for a grant that will be for 50% of the total project cost.

Find out about the climate ready retail grant.

Green BELLE was an European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project being run by the Energy Projects Team, which assisted SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire to cut their carbon emissions and reduce their energy bills.

The project has now come to an end. For more information, visit the Green BELLE website.

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