Criteria for energy efficiency scheme to change


The criteria for Solihull residents to apply to a scheme offering free home energy efficiency improvements is changing from April 1.  

Changes to the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2) mean households with a combined annual income of under £36,000 can apply – an increase of £5,000. 

Eligible applicants must also be homeowner occupiers whose properties are not heated by mains gas boiler systems, and have an energy performance certificate (EPC) between D and G. 

Those who qualify for the scheme will be offered a home survey to identify what improvements are suitable for their home to help cut energy costs, make their home warmer, and reduce their carbon footprint.   

Homeowners could benefit from a range of solutions including insulation, solar panels, heating upgrades and more. 

Energy advice charity Act On Energy is supporting Solihull Council on the HUG2 programme and is the main point of contact for enquiries and applications.  

Residents who meet all the eligibility criteria can contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881 or for the next steps. 

All grants are subject to eligibility criteria, funding availability and a technical survey. 

Applications previously rejected under the last income threshold will automatically be re-assessed under the new threshold. New HUG2 applications are open until March 2025. 

HUG2 is being delivered in Solihull through £1.7 million of government funding.  

For further information, visit the Your Future Solihull website.