Retrofitting in Derbyshire. Ways to make yourself and your wallet greener.

Written by on 14 October 2020

With the aim of having a carbon neutral by 2050, Derbyshire local authorities with University of Derby held a cyber conference to figure out how to get this done. Below you will find the ways in which you can make the planet and your home better off.

The University of Derby and local authorities for Derbyshire arranged for experts in the field of low carbon building and retrofitting to give presentations on how local councils, businesses and individuals can create cleaner, cheaper homes.

Whether it be assessing how to build low-carbon new builds, or how to retrofit older high carbon homes to make them both low carbon and cheaper for the tenant.

Maybe the idea of becoming a low carbon household sounds good but expensive to you, but in reality, done right with certified professionals. In certain homes a low carbon heat/ electricity source and the proper insulation can take energy bills from over £900 a year to closer to £150.

The Green Homes Grant

With a Green Homes Grant you can get up to £5000 to cover 2/3rds of the cost, or if a member of the household is on certain benefits you may be able intitled to 100% of the costs up to £10,000.

You can use this grant to install insulation, low carbon heating (such as air source, heat source etc.) heating controls, and double glazing as well as others.


You may be eligible if you live in England and:

  • You own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
  • You own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
  • You are a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations)

You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied.

For more information please click here


Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

With this scheme once you have installed a renewable energy source into your home, such as solar thermal panels or an air source heat pump. You are entitled to quarterly payments that are equal to what green energy your system produces for seven years. Depending on what system and what type of home this  may be upward of £1000 a year.

To be eligible-

  • Own your home or
  • Be a private or social landlord
  • Have certified renewable energy heat sources installed

For more information please click here


The above are for individual home owners (or landlords) Click here for commercial properties.


These initiatives come from the Climate Change Act which came into law in 2019 where the UK government promised to make the UK’s greenhouse emissions net zero by 2050.

To hit this target the carbon emissions of each county, then each industry was calculated then approaches were devised to reduce the emissions in each area. For instance, in Derbyshire 27% of all emissions are produced from domestic buildings, so to reduce this, 9,000 buildings in the county need to retrofit every year for the next 3 decades.

Improving the carbon efficiency of your home or of your rented properties can decrease your utility bills and those of your renters’ ensuring reduced fuel poverty alongside a reduced carbon footprint.


Statistics and data taken from official government sites and retrofit related documents.


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