Housing energy schemes

A warmer home is a healthier home.

Living in a warm, comfortable home helps to prevent and ease the symptoms of cold related respiratory illnesses, such as heart and lung conditions and reduces the risk of falls for older people. It can help people who have chronic joint conditions, such as arthritis, or have a physical disability or mental illness that may limit movement and/or mean that the occupant spends a lot of time at home.

There are various energy efficiency subsidies, discounts and payments that aim to help those on certain qualifying benefits. Contact us to see if you qualify for assistance in:

  • reducing your bills;
  • making your home warmer;
  • gaining confidence and control over your energy bills and the efficiency of your home.

Most people who have spoken to us have benefited from assistance.

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Energy efficiency support and finance options

For more information on energy efficiency schemes and financial support available in Calderdale, select the headings below:


Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

ECO complements the Green Deal, and is an agreement between the government and energy companies. It provides extra support and subsidy, to help make some of the carbon saving measures more affordable. ECO helps to provide heating and insulation measures to low income and vulnerable households and communities. This comes in three parts:

  • Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)
  • Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) (also known as the Affordable Warmth Obligation).

For more details about these obligations, visit:  Energy Company Obligation . Alternatively, phone the energy saving advice line: 0300 123 1234 to discuss any subsidies.

The Affordable Warmth Obligation (HHCRO) subsidy can help you with improvements such as:

  • Boiler replacements - gas, oil and LPG
  • Boiler repairs
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Other insulation measures for some non-traditional cavities.

You may be eligible for this Affordable Warmth subsidy if you are on any of the following means tested benefits or tax credits:

  • Working tax credit with either:
    • a child under 16 or under 20 in full time education (excluding University); or
    • a disabled worker element or severe disability element; or
    • a pensioner element.
  • Child tax credit with a low income.
  • State pension credit.
  • Income related employment and support allowance, Income based job seekers allowance or Income support with either:
    • a child under 16, or under 20 in full time education (excluding University); or
    • child tax credit with a disability element; or
    • a disability element; or
    • a pensioner element.

If you think you might qualify, phone the energy saving advice line on: 0300 123 1234 to discuss any subsidies. You can also contact:


Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017 - 2018 (ECO2t), local authorities can set their own criteria for eligibility for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty. Energy companies can spend up to a maximum of 10% of their full obligation within these criteria. Local authorities must publish a statement of intent that defines who is eligible for funding, before this can happen.

The Leeds City Region intends to adopt a city region-wide approach to implementing the forthcoming Flexible Eligibility policy initiative within the 2017/18 Energy Company Obligation regulations, through the Better Homes Yorkshire programme. Calderdale Council’s Flexibility Eligibility Statement of Intent fits within this framework.

We intend to work closely with energy companies, installers and customers to maximise the input of Flexible Eligibility ECO on fuel poor households. However, fitting the criteria within the statement of intent does not guarantee that any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements. The final decision on funding rests with energy suppliers and will depend on:

  • the survey carried out and installation costs calculated;
  • the energy savings that can be achieved for a property; and
  • whether suppliers have achieved their ECO targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets (this will affect the amount of funding available through the scheme).

View the: PDFStatement of Intent [PDF 181KB] document.

If you would like further information, please contact the Interim Sustainable Housing & Environment Manager:


Warm Homes Discount

This is funded by the energy suppliers and is a one-off discount on your electricity bill.

  • For winter 2017/18, the Warm Homes Discount is £140.
  • Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meters also qualify.

Note: This is normally paid between October and March.

If you are part of the core group, then you should automatically receive this discount on your electricity bill.

You qualify for the core group if:

  • on the selected day (as agreed during the year) your supplier is part of the scheme;
  • you or your partner's name was on the bill; and you are:
    • aged 75 or over and receive 'Guarantee Pension Credit' (even if you are getting the Savings Credit); or
    • aged 75 or under and only receive 'Guarantee Pension Credit' (will not qualify if you are on Savings Credit).

Energy suppliers may also have a broader group, which enables vulnerable customers that do not qualify for the core group to access this discount.

Note: The criteria for this group varies between suppliers. Contact your energy supplier to apply for this discount.

For more information, visit: Warm Homes Discount .


Winter Fuel Payment

This is a tax-free payment of between £100 and £300, to help elderly people pay for their heating bills.

Note: Most payments are made automatically between November and December.

  • You should get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get:
    • the State Pension; or
    • other social security benefits (not including Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit).
  • You qualify if you are 60 or over on a particular date, as selected prior to the relevant year.


Note: If you think you qualify, but do not receive the payment automatically, then please make a claim. To make a claim, visit: Winter Fuel Payment or phone: 0845 915 1515.


Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment is for eligible households, during a period of exceptionally cold weather.

Note: It is for those on certain means-tested benefits and in some cases extra qualifying conditions apply.

You will get a payment if:

  • the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below, for 7 consecutive days.

The amount paid is £25 for any qualifying week, which will be paid automatically, if you qualify.

For more details, visit: Cold Weather Payment .


Better Homes Yorkshire

Better Homes Yorkshire is the Council’s exclusive energy efficiency scheme for all private home owners in the Borough.

For details on how to make your home healthier, warmer and cheaper to heat, visit: Better Homes Yorkshire .


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