Government Schemes and Legislation

The United Kingdom has emerged as a global leader in combating climate change through a variety of schemes and robust legislation. We look at the schemes available and explore the current legislation

What Government Schemes are available?

The UK Government are implementing a number of different schemes to promote energy efficiency in homes. Providing financial incentives and grants for homeowners to use to make their homes more eco-friendly.

Discover the different schemes which offer opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a government funded initiative offering grants to cover part of the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems with either a heat pump or biomass boiler in homes across England and Wales.
More information on the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Government website:

The Energy Company Obligation

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is the UK Government energy efficient program designed to help low-income households and those living in fuel poverty reduce their energy bills and improve their homes’ energy efficiency.

Under the ECO scheme, energy companies are required to provide funding for energy efficient measures such as installation, heating upgrades, and other energy saving improvements for homes that are eligible.

Find out more information and if you are eligible through the Government website:

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

Local authorities were awarded funding under the Home Upgrade Grant for homeowners to make energy efficient upgrades and low carbon heating to their homes.

This scheme will run until March 2025 and be eligible for households:

  • On low income
  • Off the gas grid
  • Have Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) between
    D and G
  • Live in one of the local authority areas listed.
You will need to contact your local authority to see if you are eligible for the scheme. For more information on which local authorities have funding through the scheme please visit the Gov.UK website:

The Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation based in the UK that provides advice and guidance on how to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

The organisation works with individuals, businesses, and governments to promote energy efficiency and sustainable energy solutions. They offer a range of services that include energy-saving advice, grant and funding schemes, and practical support with reducing energy consumption.

For more information visit their website:

Government Legislation

Global warming and society’s impact on our environment is an issue that governments around the world are facing. The UK government has implemented laws to address climate change, aiming to reduce carbon emissions, encourage renewable energy, and promote sustainability across industries.

Energy Price Guarantee

Starting from October 2022 until June 2023, households with a gas and/or electricity contract can receive a discounted support rate under the Energy Price Guarantee (EPC). The EPG has been extended until June, bringing down the typical dual-fuel gas and electricity bill to £2,500 annually.

From 1 July the average pre-payment meter (PPM) user will no longer pay more for their energy than those on direct debit, saving around £21 per year.

From 1 July to 30 September 2023, the Energy Price Guarantee PPM discount will be applied to gas unit rates only, as the combined unit rate and standing charge for electricity PPMs will already be less than the equivalent for Direct Debit.

The Mobilising Green Investment: 2023 Green Finance Strategy

The Mobilising Green Investment: 2023 Green Finance Strategy aims to enhance the UK’s leadership in the global green finance market, driving private investment to achieve energy security, net-zero emissions, and environmental objectives. It outlines a framework for the UK to become the world’s first Net Zero Aligned Financial Centre, ensuring market participants have the necessary information and tools to align with climate and nature goals.

The strategy supports the growth of emerging technologies towards commercialisation, with the assistance of public finance institutions. It also outlines steps to expand high-integrity voluntary markets, including the development of nature markets within the UK.

Additionally, the strategy highlights the UK’s commitment to accelerating global green finance growth, including in emerging markets and developing economies, as part of its ongoing efforts following the legacy of COP26.

Buy to Let Legislations

The landscape of the buy-to-let market has undergone significant changes in recent years.

Due to evolving legislation in England and Wales the government have introduced measures to regulate and enhance the buy-to-let sector in line with environmental factors.

From April 1, 2020, landlords are no longer able to rent properties or continuing to rent properties governed by the MEES Regulations if the properties have an EPC rating lower than E, unless they present a valid exemption. Landlords who intend to rent out a property with an EPC rating of F or G must raise the rating to E or apply for an exemption prior to entering into a new tenancy agreement.

The government are committed to plan for enhancing the energy efficiency standards of privately rented residences in England and Wales. By 2025, it is being proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above for new tenancies and 2028 for every existing tenancy (Energy Saving Trust).

For more information regarding the Governments proposal

Waterwise

Waterwise is a UK based organisation promoting water efficiency and sustainable water use. It works to raise awareness, develop solutions, and advocate for efficient water management to ensure a sustainable water future.

Waterwise suggests simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint through water conservation:

  • Fix leaks promptly: Repair leaks to save water and reduce energy used for water treatment and distribution.
  • Use efficient appliances: Install water-saving devices and efficient washing machines to reduce water and energy consumption.
  • Take shorter showers: Minimize shower time to 4 minutes per shower to save water and the energy needed to heat it.
  • Choose water-wise landscaping: Select drought-tolerant plants and use mulch to minimize irrigation needs and water usage.
  • Use cold water for laundry: Washing clothes in cold water and in eco mode which saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Run full loads: Maximize dishwasher and washing machine efficiency by running full loads, saving water and energy.

Waterwise is a UK based organisation promoting water efficiency and sustainable water use. It works to raise awareness, develop solutions, and advocate for efficient water management to ensure a sustainable water future.

By following these tips, you can conserve water and contribute to lowering your carbon footprint.

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