This scheme is now closed - St Albans Warmer Homes

St Albans Warmer Homes


YES Energy Solutions were working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council to provide funding towards heating system upgrades and insulation installs to residents in the area.

Scheme in detail

The scheme aimed to improve the energy efficiency of St Alban homes to help qualifying residents keep warmer and save money on their energy bills.

Measures in the scheme were fully funded in some cases by the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme. Top up funding from St Alban's Old People's Trust may also be available for certain residents.

The following measures for eligible customers were:

  • First time central heating systems
  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Under floor insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • External wall insulation

Our Involvement

St Albans City and District Council appointed YES Energy Solutions to manage the delivery of the scheme following the Hertfordshire Warmer Homes Scheme in which the partnership developed.

We managed the scheme, recruited eligible customers and managed installs via our network of industry accredited contractors.

YES Energy Solutions also secured ECO funding to inject into the scheme which was obtained through our contracts with major energy companies.

Are you eligible?

For St Albans residents, there way three ways they could be eligible for funding:

Help to Heat Group Eligibility

They may of been eligible if they one of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Child benefit (thresholds apply)

Child benefit thresholds (before tax and National Insurance)

Type of claimant

Number of children or qualifying young persons




4 +

Single claimant





Member of a couple





ECO4 Flex Eligibility

Residents were also eligible if they met the conditions of one of the following routes:

Route 1 - Household income

Households with an EPC rating of D, E, F or G and with a gross household income of £31,000 or less.

Route 2 - Proxy targeting

Households living in EPC band E, F or G that meet a combination of two of the following (Proxies 1 & 3 cannot be used in combination with each other)

Proxy 1: Your home is in a Lower Super Output Area (LSOA 1-3)

Proxy 2: You receive a Council tax rebate based on low income

Proxy 3: You have been identified in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as living in a cold home

Proxy 4: You are receiving free school meals for low income

Proxy 5: You are supported by a local authority run scheme described as supporting low income and vulnerable households

Proxy 6: You have been referred to your local authority for support by your energy supplier or Citizens Advice due to struggling with the cost of energy bills

Proxy 7: You have been identified through supplier debt data

Route 3 - NHS Referral

Residents were also eligible if they had a referral through the NHS and were identified as low income/vulnerable and had health conditions which could be impacted further by living in a cold home.

The health conditions fell under one of the four umbrella conditions:

  • A cardiovascular condition
  • A respiratory disease
  • Limited mobility
  • Immunosuppression

    You can be referred by:
  • An NHS foundation trust
  • An NHS Trust
  • A Local Health Board
  • A general medical practitioner provider

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