A scheme to help homeowners whose homes are ‘off the mains gas grid’ make their properties greener, more sustainable and save money on energy bills is now accessible to more following an increase in the income threshold for applications.

City of Wolverhampton Council is working in partnership with Marches Energy Agency, to deliver the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG). The updated criteria mean homeowner occupiers who have an annual income of up to £36,000 can apply - an increase of £5,000 per year. 

The scheme is open to homeowners in the city whose properties are heated using sources other than those provided by gas boilers systems.

Councillor Steve Evans, Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This scheme is making a real difference to households in Wolverhampton. This fantastic initiative addresses increased energy costs, making homes greener and more sustainable. 

“It ensures support for households using alternative fuels for heating. The grant can make a significant difference for those struggling with heating bills, providing an opportunity to enhance the energy efficiency of their properties.

“I’m pleased that the updated criteria will allow even more households to apply for this scheme and take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade the energy efficiency of their property. I would encourage all residents who are eligible to consider applying for the grant, it will benefit their wallets and the planet.”

The Home Upgrade Grant aims to assist homeowners in Wolverhampton whose properties are not heated by gas boiler systems. Eligible applicants must be homeowner occupiers with an income below £36,000, and their homes should have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating between D and G. For those without an available EPC, one can be provided.

To learn more about eligibility, covered measures, and application details, visit Home Upgrade Grant (HUG). The City of Wolverhampton Council remains committed to addressing climate concerns through such impactful initiatives.