Energy efficiency and affordable warmth

Better Homes Selby

Better Homes  Selby is a council-endorsed energy efficiency scheme set up to help homeowners, private tenants and private landlords across the district. The aim of the scheme is to create warmer, healthier homes and to reduce the cost of fuel bills.

The scheme seeks to identify best offers for homeowners in the following areas:

  • home insulation
  • heating
  • boilers

Free Home Insulation - Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

We're offering grant-funded insulation for low income households through our Home Upgrade Grant (HUG). HUG funding is available to you whether you own or privately rent your home, subject to the eligibility criteria. Permission will also be required from your landlord if you're in private rented accommodation.

The following types of insulation are available:
•    Loft Insulation and Draft Proofing
•    Cavity Wall Insulation

To be eligible all of the following criteria apply:
•    the total household income must be less than £30,000* annually
•    the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property must have a rating of E to G (in some cases D rating). Find your energy certificate here.
•    live in the council areas of Selby District Council.

If the property does not have an EPC please get in touch and we may be able to arrange one, if all the other eligibility criteria is met.

HUG funding for homeowners
If you own your home the insulation work and survey will be fully funded by the grant.

HUG funding for private tenants
We can provide a grant of up to £5000 for insulation measures.
A landlord contribution of at least one third of the cost is required.
To register your interest or for more information: 
email: or
contact: Better Homes on 0800 597 1500 

All grants are subject to a home survey and confirming eligibility. 

*subject to eligibility

Replacement boilers for homeowners and landlords

If you don't qualify for a loan to replace your boiler then the Council's partner, Better Homes Yorkshire, can arrange a replacement using an approved installer. Boiler replacements can cost as little as £2,000 and may be possible within 48 hours of making an enquiry.

For enquiries about boiler replacements and other energy efficiency home improvements, call Better Homes Yorkshire. You can also visit the Better Homes Yorkshire website for more information and to make an online enquiry.

Energy Contribution Obligation

In addition to the above initiatives, you can also benefit from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which is Government's funding stream to provide energy efficiency improvements to 'fuel poor' households.  Read Selby’s local eligibility criteria (our Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent).

Applying for financial help

If you think you may qualify for any of these options, contact our Private Sector Housing Team or telephone our Home Energy Officer at City of York Council on 01904 552300.

Yorkshire Energy Doctor

The Yorkshire Energy Doctor can provide free and completely independent advice on how you can reduce your energy costs and afford to live in a warm home this winter.

The advice can include switching to a cheaper energy supplier or tariff, smart meters, applying for grants to get financial help with energy costs, including the £140 Warm Home Discount for those on low incomes, and giving tips on reducing energy use in the home. 

You can visit their website to find more details or call Kate on 01757 249100.

Groundwork's Green Doctor

Groundwork's Green Doctors work in communities to offer practical support and advice to people - often those most at risk of fuel poverty - that helps them to make their homes more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat.

They are independent, impartial experts who give homes a check-up then offer energy saving advice, support and advise to access grants and funding for installing insulation and central heating systems, switching energy supplies, dealing with energy debt and applying for the Warm Homes Discount.

They also provide kit that keeps people warm, identify financial support when needed and fit energy saving equipment. 

You can visit their website to find out more or ring the free telephone number 0808 1683547.