Save energy and keep warm in your home

With energy prices increasing, many of us are looking for ways to reduce our expenses. This guidance includes advice on how to reduce your energy use, how to stay warm and highlights grants to make your home energy efficient.

Energy-efficiency grants, advice, and services


There are several organisations that can provide advice, information, and support to help you to reduce your fuel bills.

Money Saving Expert

An excellent guide to your energy consumer rights and how to get help if you’re struggling with your energy costs. This includes how to get extra support if you’re in a vulnerable situation, for example if you (or anyone else in your household) has reached state pension age, has a long-term physical or mental health condition, or if you have children up to 5 years’ old.

There’s also important information and advice for prepayment meter customers including rules your energy supplier has to follow to support you and what to do if it isn’t safe and practical for your household to have prepayment meters.  

Get help if you're struggling with your energy bills on the Money Saving Expert website

Lambeth Larder

Lambeth Larder provides a comprehensive listing of all the help and support available to Lambeth residents including energy support.

Visit the Lambeth Larder Directory

Government Energy Efficient Home Campaign

Government advice on energy savings in your home from grants and energy savings tips to new advice to retrofit your home.

GLA Energy Advice London

Free advice on saving energy and water, reducing energy bills, accessing financial support, installing renewables and more. All support is impartial and delivered by in-house experts at Energy Saving Trust.

Citizens Advice consumer service

The service provides free, confidential, and impartial advice on consumer issues and rights, including energy and the best energy deals. They can also help you make an effective complaint to your energy company.

Repowering London

Repowering London build social energy around community-owned renewable energy as well as offering workshops to frontline workers and community groups on energy saving tips and measures, consumer rights and protections, and income maximisation.

They also support local residents with lived experience of energy poverty to become advocates and agents of social change through training, participatory research and volunteering opportunities.

South London Energy Efficiency Partnership

Lambeth Council is a member of the South London Energy Efficiency Partnership (SLEEP). SLEEP:

  • offers energy efficiency advice
  • installs energy saving devices
  • supports home improvement grant applications
  • connects you to other sources of help

SLEEP can offer free help to any Lambeth resident who is:

  • over 65
  • on a low income
  • has a long-term health conditions or disability.

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Pension Credit

If you are of state pension age and on a low income, Pension Credit could provide you with an average extra income boost of £3,300 per year. You will also qualify for a host of other benefits and discounts such as housing benefit, maximum council tax reduction, £900 support payments towards your energy costs, The Warm Home Discount – a £150 rebate from your electricity costs – free dental and eye care, and a free TV licence, if you’re over 75.

Energy trusts and funds

Most bigger energy companies have trusts or funds that could help you if you are having problems playing your energy bills. Trusts have different criteria, but generally they could help clear energy debts. Some may also provide grants to buy essential white goods, cookers, and boiler replacements.

Money Saving Expert - Energy Hardship Funds

Money Saving Expert has compiled a list of energy suppliers offering hardship grants for people experiencing energy debt and other forms of hardship.

You’ll need help from an organisation offering specialist debt advice and support to make an application to reduce or clear energy debt. A debt advisor will help you complete your application and also help you to manage any other debts you might have.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Provides grants to property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps.

Apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme on the GOV.UK website

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to make homes warmer, more affordable to heat and to help reduce carbon emissions. Eligible customers will be able to access a range of energy improvements that will help them improve their home energy efficiency.

You could be eligible for ECO if you are on a low income or have a health condition that makes you particularly vulnerable to the cold. To find out more, register your interest, or check your eligibility please contact Repowering London by:

Contact your energy provider to apply and/or find out if you are eligible. Most energy providers will have a section on their website outlining the ECO4 application process. However, you can contact any obligated energy supplier to find out how they may be able to help you benefit from the ECO scheme, even if they are not your energy provider. 

Great British Insulation Scheme

You may be able to get free or cheaper insulation to reduce your home’s energy bills.

The Great British Insulation Scheme is a new government energy efficiency scheme designed to deliver insulation improvements to the least energy-efficient homes in Great Britain. 

Homeowners and tenants renting from a private landlord or housing association living in homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D-G, and within Council Tax bands A-D may be eligible for support. Tenants will need their landlord’s permission before any insulation can be installed.

The scheme will work with energy companies to deliver measures that result in warmer homes and reduced energy usage. It is intended to run from around April 2023 until March 2026.

Apply for support from the Great British Insulation Scheme