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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.

Warmer Homes, Greener Homes

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 (Help to Heat) and ECO Flex

ECO (Help to Heat) 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 (Help to Heat) scheme, but the criteria for who qualifies for help are wider than the normal scheme, and set by us.

Find out more about the ECO (Help to Heat) and ECO Flex schemes.

Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme 

The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty and improve the city’s carbon footprint by raising the energy efficiency of privately owned and privately rented homes with an E, F or G energy rating.

Due to high demand applications for the current delivery phase have been paused and we hope to reopen in Summer 2022.

The scheme installs free energy efficiency measures, such as:

  • External wall insulation
  • Solar panels
  • Cavity insulation
  • Loft insulation

If you have questions about your application for a previous phase of this scheme there is more information on our Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme page

Frequently asked questions

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and gives the property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The EPC is valid for 10 years and details recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.

To view your property's EPC go to: Find an energy certificate – GOV.UK.

If your property doesn’t have an EPC, then information about how to get one can be found here: Getting a new energy certificate – GOV.UK.

If you are planning to have energy efficiency improvements made to your home without grant support, then you should choose a TrustMark Registered Business. TrustMark is a Government Endorsed Quality scheme that covers work carried out in and around your home.

When you choose a TrustMark registered business you can be sure your installer has been thoroughly vetted to meet the required standards and is committed to good customer service. Visit the TrustMark website for more information: TrustMark - Homeowners HUB - Improving Consumer Protection.

Simple Energy Advice is a government endorsed website that provides free impartial advice about how to reduce your energy bills and make your home more energy efficient and warmer.

Energywise is a project providing advice about reducing energy costs and usage, welfare benefit checks and money management support to Leicester city residents. Please visit for more information or call 0116 296 5361 to speak to a member of the Energywise team.

Energy at work

We are working to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions in Leicester. This involves a number of initiatives taking place throughout the city.

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. These measures will improve a business’s bottom line and their green credentials, therefore improving their potential supply chain opportunities.


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

Due to high demand, the funding has now all been allocated. We have therefore now closed applications.

For more information, visit the Green BELLE website.