Home energy efficiency schemes

Home Upgrade Grant 

This is a Government grant scheme designed to fund energy-efficiency upgrades for properties that are off-gas heating. 

The scheme delivers energy-saving improvements to the homes of people who struggle to pay their heating bills and keep their homes warm during winter.

You may be able to get a grant to help with:

  • improved insulation
  • solar panels
  • low carbon heating
  • energy-efficient hot water systems


All properties eligible for the funding must be domestic off-gas grid dwellings with an EPC rating of band D or lower.

Eligible households for the scheme must have a combined gross annual income of under £36,000 which must be verified. 

Apply online or call 0808 1968255 for assistance. 

Solar Together Welwyn Hatfield

We have partnered with iChoosr Ltd to bring Solar Together to homeowners in Welwyn Hatfield.

The scheme offers high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage.

It is a group-buying scheme, which brings Welwyn Hatfield households together to get solar panels at a competitive price.

It will help you through the process and keep you informed at each stage.

Planning permission for solar panels

Solar Panel installations are considered a 'permitted development' and generally do not need planning permission.

In Conservation Areas, Estate Management Areas and on Listed Buildings, planning permission may be required.

If you already have solar panels

You can also register to have battery storage added to your existing solar panels. This helps to maximise the benefits of your system.

Find out more or register for the scheme

Better Housing Better Health

Better Housing Better Health is a charity working locally to improve resident’s domestic warmth and wellbeing. It offers a free helpline with a single point of contact for services, advice, and financial support to help improve the energy efficiency of your property.

Improving the energy efficiency of your home will save energy, save money, reduce emissions, and improve your wellbeing.

Call 0800 107 0044 weekdays 9am – 5pm.

Find out more

More help with Fuel Poverty

The Energy Saving Trust website can also provide you with information and assistance if you are struggling to pay your fuel bills.

Use the energy grants calculator on gov.uk to find out whether you are eligible for help with your energy costs.

Energy efficiency app

Hertfordshire has become one of the first regions in the UK to partner with Energy Saving Trust to provide an energy efficiency app to residents and help them make energy savings.

Unique and easy-to-use the Hertfordshire Energy Advice Tool (HEAT) app gives a virtual tour around a typical home, asking questions and giving advice along the way. Based on the answers provided, quick, easy, low or no-cost actions are suggested to help householders save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint too.

The app is available for both Android and iOS users:

Download the HEAT app for Apple devices.

Download the HEAT app for Android devices.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Flex 4 / Great British Insulation Scheme

Welwyn Hatfield are pleased to be participating in ECO Flex 4 .

ECO4 is a scheme from the government to fund improvements to homes to make them better at keeping heat in. This way, people can use less electricity and gas to keep warm, it will save money on utility bills and help reduce emissions.

Home efficiency improvements include heating systems, loft and wall insulation, smart thermal controls, solar panels, or even an air source heat pump – all free and 100% funded by the ECO4 Scheme – if you are eligible. To find out if you could be eligible, please contact Better Housing, Better Health who can help explain and discuss the scheme and eligibility criteria in more detail.

Call 0800 107 0044 weekdays 9am – 5pm.

The Council's ECO FLEX Statement of Intent Document can be found online.

Climate change emergency

Our Home Energy Efficiency Commitment

Our report sets out our approach to reducing energy consumption across all homes in the borough. We are committed to improving home energy efficiency across all housing areas.

Home Energy Efficiency Report