Homeowners in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport can benefit from warmer homes that are cheaper to run thanks to this eligibility change for the HUG funding secured by Portsmouth City Council.

The eligible pool of households who can access free energy saving upgrades such as insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels and more has increased by as much as 20% following an increase to the maximum income threshold for the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG).

The funding is accessible through the Portsmouth-led Warmer Homes Programme, which is currently open to applications. If you have an annual household income of £36,000 or less and you don’t use a gas boiler as your main heating system, you can apply to receive energy-saving upgrades for your home. These include insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels and more.

Eligible households can have these energy-saving installations at no cost through funding the council has secured from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero under the Warmer Homes programme. The council lead this initiative across 23 areas including Hampshire and beyond.

What if I have gas in my home?

You can still apply for this scheme if you have a gas connection, as long as it’s not used for heating, e.g. you have a gas cooker, but your home uses electric storage heaters.

Your home will be eligible for this scheme if it is mainly heated by any of the below methods:

  • Electricity (e.g. storage heaters, electric boiler, panel heaters, etc…)
  • Oil
  • Coal
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Solid fuel

If you are unsure what your main heating supply is, please call the Switched On Portsmouth freephone on 0800 260 5907 and the team will be able to help you identify this.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Greening the City said:

“It’s great to see that more households will now be able to benefit from this scheme with the increase of the maximum income. I urge residents to make use of this service and speak with the Switched On Portsmouth team to find out more about how they can help.

Even if you are unsure if you can benefit from this Warmer Homes programme, the Switched On Portsmouth team have a variety of schemes for households and they can guide you in the right direction to offer support with energy bills, and energy saving.”

Up to £38,000 in funding is available per household for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The amount of funding available will depend on the property type, property energy efficiency and what measures are suitable for the property.

This scheme is available until 2025, and applications are dealt with on a first come first serve basis.

To find out if you’re eligible, visit www.switchedonportsmouth.co.uk/apply

You can contact the Switched On Portsmouth team by calling the freephone on 080 260 5907 or emailing hello@switchedon.co.uk