Helping Sickle Cell Patients With the Cost of Heating

From October 2022 energy bills will have almost tripled in just one year, at a time when Londoners are already being affected by the growing cost of living crisis. The Mayor is acting now to support those impacted by focussing on immediate actions of making homes greener and warmer, reducing energy use and, therefore, lowering bills and cutting carbon. These actions will particularly help the most vulnerable Londoners who are disproportionately affected by the rising cost of living.

The Mayor of London’s Warmer Homes programme provides free heating, insulation and ventilation improvements for low income Londoners who own their own homes or rent privately.


About the scheme

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to eligible low income homeowners and private tenants, with funding amounts depending on your existing energy efficiency rating, your tenure and your current fuel type (i.e. gas, electricity, oil or LPG).

Applicants need to provide information showing they are (or their tenant is) eligible and details about the property. If the application is successful, a survey will be needed to work out which improvements are most suitable.

There are several options available if applicants qualify for the programme:

  • heat pumps
  • insulation for walls, lofts and floors
  • heating system improvements or repairs
  • draughtproofing
  • solar energy installations

All surveys and installations are managed by RetrofitWorks. They provide a dedicated contact who helps explain what improvements are most suitable and ensure that work is carried out to a high standard.


Eligibility and applications

To apply you need to:

live in Greater London
own or rent your own home, landlords can apply as long as the tenant is eligible
Are in receipt of a means-tested benefit OR have a low household income (less than £20,000 a year after rent/mortgage and council tax deductions)
Have a property EPC rating of D, E, F and G*
*EPC ratings can be determined at survey stage

Why should I apply?

  • the improvements will make the property warmer
  • living in a properly heated home can improve your health, particularly if you have a long-term health condition that is made worse by the cold
  • lower energy bills and more efficient heating, which is better for the environment
  • you won't have to pay anything towards the work (with the exception of a contribution from some private landlords receiving the Sustainable Warmth element)