Solar Panel Grants for Pensioners

Are you worried about the ever-escalating costs of heating your home and looking for an alternative? If so, then solar panels could be the answer by providing you with a long-term solution. Thankfully, there are solar grants available for pensioners to help with the costs of installing solar panels in the home. 

Traditional methods of heating a home, such as gas boilers, are becoming more expensive every year, especially if your current heating system is old and inefficient. For many pensioners, this can be a real concern, with an an increasing portion of their income having to be spent to on powering and heating their home. The cost of solar panel installation can typically be expensive, but with assistance available to pensioners with low incomes, huge savings can be made, or you could even get them for free.

Once you have solar panels installed, you will see substantial savings in your energy bills which can make a big difference to your overall financial situation. Also, because solar panels are a greener, renewable resource, carbon emissions from your household will be lower, and your home will be much more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Solar panel grants are provided to pensioners by the main energy suppliers as part of their obligation to help lower carbon emissions in domestic households across the country. 

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How can you access solar panel grants for pensioners?

If you or anyone else in your household is receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or Pension Credit Savings Credit or any other qualifying benefit, then it is highly likely you will be eligible for a solar panel grant through the ECO4 scheme. As well as Pension Credits, other income-related benefits you might be receiving include:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)
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If these benefits are relevant to you, then you should be entitled to a solar panel grant through the government-backed scheme. In order for you to get a solar panel grant, you must first be sure that your home and roof are suitable to have solar panels fitted. To confirm this, you can answer some questions and enter your details through our website, and we can determine whether you are likely to qualify for a grant under the solar panel grants scheme.

You could be entitled to funding that will cover the entire cost of your new solar panels, or you might be required to make a contribution towards the costs. In any case, solar panels will result in you being able to enjoy big savings on your bills straight away and make a difference in lowering carbon emissions in the UK.

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How much could you save with solar panels?

The savings you can make with solar panels will vary based on the system size, electricity usage, whether you are at home during the day and using the energy you are producing (which could be especially relevant if you are a pensioner and are at home more frequently during the day) and other factors. However, according to estimates from the Energy Saving Trust a typical household could make savings of between £500 and £205 per year on their bills, depending on their electricity demand throughout he day.

Estimated annual savings on bills for pensioners due to going solar could be as much as follows:

  • Home all day – £500
  • Home in mornings – £400
  • Home in afternoons – £360
  • Out all day until 4pm – £250
  • Out all day until 6pm –£205


Source: Energy Saving Trust and based on October 2022 figures.

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