CESP and CERT
The Government’s Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) funding schemes expired at the end of 2012.
Launched in April 2008, CERT required domestic energy suppliers with a customer base of over 250,000, to help energy consumers reduce the carbon footprint of their home by providing grants and offers to help homeowners pay for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies for the home. Homeowners can take up grants and offers from any energy company, regardless of whether they supply their gas and electricity, and installing loft and cavity wall insulation is often free.
In September 2009, the Government launched CESP, which targeted UK households in areas of low income, to improve energy efficiency standards and reduce fuel bills.
Both CESP and CERT came to a close at the end of 2012 and have been replaced by the Green Deal.