Better Homes York is a council-endorsed energy efficiency scheme set up to help homeowners, private tenants and private landlords across the city. The aim of the scheme is to create warmer, healthier homes and to reduce the cost of fuel bills.

You could qualify for assistance if your home has an energy efficiency rating of E, F, or G and your gross household income is less than £35,000 per year.

You can find out how energy efficient your home is by checking its Energy Performance Certificate (if one exists) on the EPC Register website.

Find out if you qualify for financial assistance

Item Owner-occupier Private rented
Income less than £20k Income £20k-£35k Income less than £35k
Insulation Up to 100% grant Up to 75% grant Up to 75% grant
Boiler replacement Up to 100% loan* No assistance available No assistance available
First time gas central heating Up to 100% grant No assistance available No assistance available

*We can provide loans for boiler replacements to home owners on low incomes living in inefficient homes.

Assistance for privately rented homes is limited to 75% of the cost (within a grant maximum). The landlord will be required to give permission for the work to go ahead, and to contribute the remaining 25%.

Our first time gas central heating scheme is available to residents meeting the following criteria:

  • on a low income
  • living in energy inefficient homes which don’t use gas to heat most of the property
  • living in an area with mains gas supply

The scheme can provide:

  • a mains gas connection
  • gas supply/meter
  • installed central heating system

Rented properties require permission and a £1,500 contribution from the landlord.

If you qualify

Apply for energy efficiency assistance online

If you don't qualify

If you don't qualify for financial assistance due to your income or energy efficiency rating then our partner, Better Homes Yorkshire, can still arrange for an approved installer to carry out the necessary work. Boiler replacements can cost as little as £2,000 and may be possible within 48 hours of making an enquiry. Visit the Better Homes Yorkshire website for more information and to make an online enquiry.

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