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Home Upgrade Grant Two

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will work with the Local Authorities to Install retrofit measures in off-gas grid properties to reduce energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and make homes warm.

Home Upgrade Grant Two (HUG2)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £10.35m as part of the Department of Energy, Security and Net Zero’s (DESNZ) Home Upgrade Grant 2 (HUG2) which aims to tackle fuel poverty in non-gas central heating properties (see funding conditions below) and boost energy efficiency in housing stock across the Liverpool City Region.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will work with the Local Authorities to make changes to your property (known as retrofit measures) to support to reduce your energy bills, reduce carbon emissions, and make your home warmer.

The £10.35m will be split across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral Local Authorities to support households that meet the conditions of the funding, including owner-occupiers and the private rented sector for works to be carried out on around 500 properties by March 2025.

The Local Authorities and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will work together to carefully identify and select households to ensure that measures are installed where they are most needed and to make the greatest impact.

This second wave of Home Upgrade Grant funding will ensure that housing stock in the Liverpool City Region achieves Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2035 and contributes to the LCR’s net zero carbon target of 2040.

Ecogee are an energy and construction specialist company who will deliver the HUG2 funding contract on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Local Authorities.

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‘Retrofitting’ your home simply means making changes to help support and improve your property’s energy efficiency. By using less energy to perform the same result, it will reduce energy bills, lower carbon emissions, and make your home warmer.

Energy efficiency will help with a ‘fabric first’ approach to your home which focuses on reducing a home’s heat loss, you can achieve low carbon emissions and a sustainable home that is affordable to heat.

 

Energy efficiency improvements include:

• Cavity wall insulation
• Internal & external wall insulation
• Double glazed windows
• Loft and room in the roof insulation
• Draught-proofing doors
• Underfloor insulation.

Low-carbon heat solutions will help you heat

your home and get their power from natural
sources such as air or the sun. These will not
only reduce carbon emissions but also reduce
the overall cost of your energy bills.

 

Low-carbon heating system examples:

• Air source heat pumps
• Solar Photovoltaic (solar panels)
• Ground source heat pumps
• Low-energy lighting
• Shared loop, ground source heat pumps.

The home energy improvements you could receive will vary based on the conclusion of a Retrofit assessment by our appointed contractors, Ecogee.

Can I apply for the funding?

Households wanting to apply for HUG2 must meet funding conditions:

  • Properties that are identified as off the gas grid (your home does not use gas for ALL main heating purposes)
  • Properties with an EPC band D to G
  • Owner occupiers or private rented tenants (At least one-third
    contribution by Private Landlord)
  • Households’ annual income of £36,000 or below,
    or households living within eligible postcodes: as set by the Government (check your postcode)

Eligible heating fuel types (households with current EPC, bands D to G)

  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Electric
  • Smokeless Fuel
  • Propane
  • Gas Fires (i.e., you can still have the use of gas fires as long as they are not considered your whole house heating system. This is determined by the EPC)

When will the work be delivered for properties that meet the funding criteria?

The funding programme commenced in October 2023 and will end in March 2025.

We welcome you to apply for HUG2 funding, and if you are unsure that your home qualifies, we encourage you to put forward a referral. If we identify that you are not suitable for HUG2 funding, we may be able to signpost you to other funding sources that are available or give advice and guidance.

If we identify that you are suitable for funding, we will contact the appointed contractor, Ecogee who will arrange an appointment to assess your property and help identify if and what changes could be made to your home.

To check if your property currently has an EPC certificate, please visit the Governments website.

How can I apply for HUG2 funding?

To find out if your property is a fit for the funding, please fill out the contact referral form below to be assessed against the funding conditions for HUG2.

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All Local Authorities, LCRCA staff and our contractors Ecogee working on the HUG2 funding programme will carry photographic identification, as should anyone representing other organisations.

If you are unsure of someone’s identity, do not let them in.

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