This page has information for homeowners, tenants, and private landlords with tenants, about the Home Upgrade Grant energy-saving improvements scheme.

What is Home Upgrade Grant – Phase 2 (HUG2)?

Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 is a Government-funded local authority scheme for those properties that are off gas heating.  The scheme is to  deliver energy-saving improvements to the homes of people who struggle to pay their heating bills and keep their homes warm in the winter. These improvements are made free of charge and will help residents to keep their homes warm while using less energy and help them to manage their heating bills.

If you own your own home, or are a tenant, or a private landlord with tenants, you could qualify to apply for energy-saving improvements. Please note that if your home is rented, both tenant and landlord will need to give their approval before any energy-saving improvements can be carried out.

How do I qualify for these improvements?

The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2) is open to home-owners and private tenants in:

  • Homes not heated by mains gas which includes oil, coal, LPG or only electric heating.


  • Households with a combined annual income of less than £31,000 gross OR receiving certain income-related means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit OR you live in an area of Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). We can check this once you enter your postcode.


  • Hard to heat homes – this is based on your home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You will be helped with this part of the assessment and receive a free EPC assessment if you do not have one already.

What are the energy and cost-saving upgrades that I could get for my home?

  • Insulation and ventilation upgrades (to keep your home comfortable in the winter, help prevent damp and mould as well as reduce your heating bill)
  • An upgrade to a low carbon heating system (to cut your carbon emissions – so please note the new heating system to be installed cannot be a gas or oil boiler)
  • Efficient Heating Controls
  • Energy-efficient hot water systems
  • Solar PV (to help reduce your electricity bill)
  • Solar Hot Water (to help reduce your heating bill)

This is not an exhaustive list of measures and a home assessment will evaluate your property to create a whole house plan which will outline every energy-related measure that could be undertaken to improve your home.

Who pays for my energy-saving improvements – and who carries out the improvement works?

The funding is provided by the Government and delivered by the Greater South East Net Zero Hub in partnership with local authorities.

All energy-improvement works are arranged on your behalf by a specialist company that we have appointed to look after residents in your local area.