The Welsh Government Nest scheme provides advice on saving energy, money management, energy tariffs, and benefit entitlement.
Anyone can use the scheme and if you own or privately rent your home and are on a low income you may be eligible for home improvements at no cost. These can include new boilers and insulation.
The website has lots of useful information and you can also ring their freephone helpline on 0808 808 2244.
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme
You might be able to get a grant towards the cost of replacing your heating system with a heat pump or biomass boiler.
Your current heating system must use oil, gas or electricity. If you already have a heat pump, you can’t use the grant to replace it.
You’ll usually need to pay some of the costs yourself.
Check if you can get help from the Boiler Upgrade Scheme on GOV.UK
The Connected for Warmth insulation scheme
If your home is in council tax band A, B, C or D, you might be eligible for free loft or cavity wall insulation.
If you own your home, you can apply for the Connected for Warmth scheme on their website.
If you rent from a private landlord, your landlord needs to apply on your behalf.
Applying for a Home Upgrade Grant
If you don’t use mains gas to heat your home, you might be able to get help with things like insulation and improving your heating.
You’re probably not using mains gas if you use other types of fuel to heat your home – for example electricity, oil, coal or wood.
To get a Home Upgrade Grant, one of the following must be true:
In most cases your income before tax must also be under £31,000. This includes your partner’s income if you live with them.
If your income is £31,000 or more, you might still be able to get a Home Upgrade Grant because of where you live. Contact an adviser at Citizens Advice to help you check if you can get one.
Contact your local council to find out if the Home Upgrade Grant scheme is available in your area – you can find your local council on GOV.UK.
You might also be able to get help with your bills if you use alternative fuels to heat your home. To find out more visit Citizens Advice .