Home upgrade grant

Improve the energy efficiency of your home through the new Home Upgrade Grant (HUG).

Give your home a HUG

Improve the energy efficiency of your home through the new Home Upgrade Grant (HUG).

The Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with Stockton, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils, has secured more than £3 million worth of funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the Tees Valley.

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has now appointed the contractor Marshall and McCourt to undertake the associated lead generation and installation works.

Home Upgrade Grant funding is available whether you own or privately rent your home, subject to the eligibility criteria.

Permission will also be required from your landlord if you are in private rented accommodation.

The following energy saving measures available are:

  • Replacement cavity wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • High retention storage heaters
  • Solar PV
  • Solar thermal
  • Loft insulation
  • Double glazing
  • Draft proofing
  • Air source heat pump

To be eligible, all the following criteria must be met:

  • Your home must be ‘off gas’, meaning either not connected to the gas network or heated by an inefficient non-gas system – e.g., oil, solid fuel, electricity (low efficiency storage heaters) etc.
  • Your total household income must be less than £30,000 annually (may be higher in some instances).
  • The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property must have a rating of E to G (in some cases D rating). If you do not know your EPC rating, find out using the following link: https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk
  • You must live in Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton or Darlington council areas.

HUG is fully funded if you are an owner-occupier (own your own home and live there).

If you are renting from a private landlord, we may ask for a one-third contribution from the landlord towards the work.

If you are interested in applying for a Home Upgrade Grant, please complete the expression of interest form from the Marshall and McCourt website.

To discuss the HUG scheme or alternative ways of improving the energy efficiency and warmth of your home, please contact the Council’s Warm & Well service on 01642 771289 or email warmandwell@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk.