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Changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme


Following an announcement in June, changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme have come into effect from 1 September 2023.

Funded by the Department for Communities, the Affordable Warmth Scheme (AWS) will be delivered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).

It is designed to help those on lower incomes, and who are living in private accommodation, with the costs of energy efficiency measures. In doing so, it can assist households which may be experiencing fuel poverty, while delivering wider environmental benefits through more efficient homes.

Despite budgetary pressures, the Scheme has been extended for a further two years, meaning the current Scheme will continue until March 2026.  £14m is available this year for energy efficiency works to the homes of fuel poor households. 

You may be entitled to help under the Scheme if you: 

  1. Own your own home and occupy it as your sole or main residence, or rent from a Private Sector landlord, and  
  2. Have a total gross annual household income of less than £23,000.

Individuals can now apply to the scheme through the Northern Ireland Energy Advice Service:

The NI Energy Advice Line Service provides free, comprehensive advice and support on how to save energy in the home and eligibility for help to improve energy efficiency.