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Heating and Solar Grants for people with Long-Term Health Conditions

Living with a long-term health condition can be challenging enough without the added burden of a cold, damp home. However, many people in this situation are unaware of the government grants available to help improve the energy efficiency of their property through solar power as well as funding for new heating systems.

These grants can make a significant difference in making a home warm and comfortable and reducing energy bills. 

See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants
See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants​

The Serious Impact of Cold Homes on Health

Cold homes are not just uncomfortable—they are hazardous. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) links about 10% of excess winter deaths in the UK directly to the effects of cold homes. This risk is particularly acute for individuals with chronic illnesses, who are at a higher risk of health complications due to cold environments. Common conditions that are known to worsen due to the cold include:  

  • Cardiovascular diseases: Such as heart disease and high blood pressure, which can be strained by cold temperatures. 
  • Respiratory conditions: Including COPD and asthma, where cold air can trigger more frequent and severe episodes. 
  • Mobility issues: Cold can exacerbate pain and stiffness, particularly for those with conditions like arthritis. 
  • Immunosuppressive disorders: Where a cold environment can lead to more frequent infections and slower recovery times. 

Cold housing has been linked with a significant increase in respiratory-related winter deaths, which is a stark reminder of the critical need for adequate home heating and insulation. 

Key Government Schemes for Heating and Insulation Grants 

1. ECO4 Scheme

 The ECO4 scheme focuses on enhancing the energy efficiency of homes, particularly those of low-income families or individuals with vulnerabilities due to health conditions. Funding available helps cover a variety of improvements, from solar panels, upgrading insulation to installing new heating systems. 

The scheme is designed to assist those whose health issues that are aggravated by living in a cold and damp home. Typical eligible conditions include respiratory diseases like COPD and asthma, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune diseases, and mobility restrictions. 

To access these benefits, someone in your household must be living with one of these conditions and verified by either: 

– a general medical practitioner 

– a Health Board in Scotland 

– a Local Health Board in Wales 

– an NHS foundation trust 

– by an NHS trust 

LA Flex scheme

The ECO Flex scheme(LA Flex scheme), part of the larger ECO4 program, can provide a lot of support for people with long-term health conditions. Local authorities can broaden the usual eligibility rules, making it possible for more households to get assistance, even if they don’t meet the ECO4 criteria.

If someone in your house has a long-term health issue, mobility challenges, or a weakened immune system—they could qualify for all of the free upgrades under ECO4 to make your home more energy-efficient, and more comfortable and help cut down on your energy bills.

Contact us today to see if you are eligible for LA Flex funding.

See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants
See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants​

2. Warmer Homes Scotland 

This scheme is targeted at helping vulnerable households in Scotland enhance their energy and heating efficiency.  

If you have a severe or long-term health condition that worsens in a cold environment, this scheme could be for you. Eligible health issues include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as conditions affecting mobility and immune function. 

Eligibility extends to those receiving certain means-tested benefits, like Universal Credit or Pension Credit, or those with a gross income under £31,000 annually. Since its inception in 2015, Warmer Homes Scotland has helped over 30,000 households, playing a crucial role in the Scottish Government’s strategy to combat fuel poverty and achieve climate targets. 

3. Nest Scheme (Wales) 

The Nest Scheme offers comprehensive support to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Wales. Services include free advice and potentially free home improvements like new boilers, central heating systems, insulation, or solar panels. 

This scheme supports Welsh residents with chronic respiratory, circulatory, or mental health conditions. It’s tailored for those living on a lower income who face higher health risks from cold homes. 

To be eligible, you must own or privately rent your property and have your landlord’s permission for upgrades. Your home should also be energy inefficient and costly to heat. Low income or receipt of means-tested benefits is also a criteria, and the health-based criteria introduced in 2021 ensure that those most at risk are prioritised. 

4. The Home Upgrade Grant

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) scheme is another government initiative that helps households, including those where someone has a long-term health condition, get grants for making their homes warmer and more energy-efficient. One key thing about HUG is that it’s especially for homes that don’t use natural gas for heating such as electric or oil heaters.

If someone in your house has a health issue that gets worse in the cold, you might still qualify even if your income is above the recommended threshold. The kind of upgrades you can get include things like insulation, heat pumps, solar panels, and other eco-friendly heating options, which are all great for cutting down your energy bills and making your home more comfortable.

Overall, the HUG scheme is a solid opportunity for folks with health issues to get the upgrades they need, without worrying too much about how much they earn

If You Think You May Be Eligible, What’s Next? 

Should you or someone in your household have a long-term health condition made worse by a cold home, you might qualify for free solar, insulation and heating upgrades.  

These improvements are more than just comfort; they are about creating a living space that supports health and well-being. 

Warma UK can guide you through the application process, secure your grant and project manage the entire installation process, all paid for through the grants available. 

Applying for these grants is straightforward. Our team provides end-to-end support, from assessing your eligibility to managing the application process. We secure funding from the most appropriate scheme and our team of qualified and skilled technicians complete the installation of all the upgrades you receive.

These grants are out there for a reason, to significantly improve your quality of life by transforming your home into a warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient space. Take the step today and reach out to Warma.

See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants
See if you're eligible for free solar, heating and insulation grants​
Athira Harish