Although you can reduce your energy bills by making small changes changes to the way you live, bigger changes such as installing a new central heating boiler or solar panels can be expensive.

There may be offers available to keep these costs down, or you may qualify for a grant. Also bear in mind that if you generate your own electricity by installing solar panel the electricity company may even pay you for any extra energy that you don't use.

To find out more use the links below or all the Energy Saving Trust Helpline on 0800 512 012.

Nest - Making Wales Cosy

The Welsh Assesmbly Government has set up the Nest Scheme which offers eligible households free home improvements to help hear their homes more efficiently and stay warm without facing huge energy bills.

Measures include:

  • Loft and cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Boiler replacement

To qualify for help you must be receiving a means tested benefit and your property must have an energy efficiency rating of F or G. You must also either own your home or be living in a privately rented accommodation. For more information call 0800 512 012.

Are there any other options?

The Energy Saving Trust has an on-line Grants & Discounts Database. Your can enter details about your property, your family and your financial situation to find out if you qualify for any help, either through a grant or a current offer.

Feed in Tariffs

If you generate your own electricity, for instance by installing solar panels, you can benefit from reduced energy bills as well as a payment from your electricity company for each unit of energy generated and any excess fed into the national grid. Remeber that there are installation costs involved and you shouls take advice about the options that may suit you.