What is HUG?
The Home Upgrade Grant Scheme is a £2.5bn manifesto commitment to provide energy efficiency upgrades and low carbon heating to low income households that are living off-gas grid in England to tackle fuel poverty and reach net zero ambitions.
The Midlands Net Zero Hub received £28m for the first phase of the HUG scheme which ran until 31st May 2023.
A further £138m has been received for the second phase of the HUG scheme which will run until March 2025.
The funding administered to the Hub forms part of the total funding allocated to the five Local Net Zero Hubs in England by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
The HUG scheme will allow eligible homeowners to get £15,000 – £25,000 to install energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heating methods in their homes, such as low-temperature heat pumps. The objective of the scheme is to alleviate fuel poverty, by lowering energy bills, while also helping transition to net zero.
Who is eligible?
You could be eligible if you:
– Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of E, F or G – the local Customer Journey Support service in your area can check this for you – and
– have a combined annual household income under £30,000 (gross) or within an approved LA area
Find out more about EPCs and whether your property has a valid certificate on the GOV.UK website.
To find out more about applying for the scheme, eligible homeowners and landlords can contact their local Customer Journey Support service.
For further information about the local coordinator in your area, please see below.
Act on Energy (Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire)
Telephone: 0800 988 2881 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Areas covered: Bromsgrove, Coventry, Malvern Hills, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Redditch, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick District Council, Worcester, and Wyre Forest
Community Home Solutions (Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire)
Marches Energy Agency (Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin)
Telephone: 0800 677 1307 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Telephone: 0800 677 1432 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Telephone: 0800 112 3743 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Telford and Wrekin
Telephone: 0800 677 1952 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Areas Covered: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby (City), Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, Herefordshire, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, Shropshire, South Derbyshire, Telford and Wrekin
Nottingham Energy Partnership (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire)
Telephone: 0115 947 2207 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)
Areas covered: Bassetlaw, Gedling, Mansfield, Nottingham City, and Rushcliffe
Warmer Homes West Midlands (Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Birmingham and Solihull)
Telephone: 0808 1968 298 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
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Areas covered: Dudley, Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton
YES Energy Solutions (Greater Lincolnshire and Leicestershire)
Telephone: 03309 126199 (please check with your provider for details of any charges which may apply)
Website: Lincolnshire – https://www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk/schemes/lincolnshire-lad-funding
Areas covered: Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln (City), North East Lincolnshire, North Kesteven, North Lincolnshire, South Holland, South Kesteven, West Lindsey, Leicester County Council, Oadby, and Wigston