All households should be able to invest in energy efficiency improvements. There is a range of programmes designed to support different houses and locations.
All homes are eligible for insulation measures through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Homeowners and those in privately rented homes who are on specific benefits may also be eligible for support towards heating improvements through ECO Affordable Warmth. A package of changes incentivise energy suppliers to deliver more heating and insulation measures in non-gas fuelled homes, including oil fired boiler replacements.
Ministers are aware of the particular challenges faced by those living off the gas grid and are looking at the best ways to help. An important part of this is the £25m Central Heating Fund, which will fund the installation of first time central heating systems in low income homes off the gas grid.
The Renewable Heat Incentive programme supports the installation of renewable heating systems and is primarily designed to offer off-gas households affordable heating alternatives. It compensates for the additional costs of replacing an oil boiler with a renewable heating system.