What we need to do

Making sure our homes, workplaces and buildings in Greater Manchester are warm and comfortable uses a lot of energy especially in older buildings. To make sure we reduce the effect this has on our environment we need to make changes to how we heat and cool them. Using less energy and making them fit for the future.

To help us do this a new Retrofitting Task Force made up of the best minds in energy, education and infrastructure has been established with the goal of upgrading around 60,000 homes across Greater Manchester every year.

Measures including changing to renewable energy and heating. Not only will this reduce carbon issues, but it will reduce fuel poverty and create a market of skills and jobs worth around £5 billion.

What can you do?


  • Fit LED and low energy lighting, turn off appliances when not in use and draught proof your windows and doors.
  • Look to upgrade your home insulation. Check your loft insulation, replace any single glazed windows with double or triple glazing and fill cavity walls if your property has them.
  • If you’re a homeowner, think about whole home retrofit and the more advanced energy efficiency measures you can install, such as solid wall and floor insulation, especially if you are carrying out building works.


  • Commit to reducing your energy demand for heating and cooling. Sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment today!
  • Get smarter with how you heat your premises. Upgrade your lighting and equipment.
  • If you lease your premises, consider greener, more energy efficient premises when current or future contracts require renewal.

Resources for residents

Quick tips to save energy

Follow the Energy Saving Trust’s tips and advice for straightforward ways to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

LEAP Home Energy Help

LEAP is an energy and money saving service that is helping people keep warm during the colder months and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money.

Reducing home heat loss

If you want to reduce your carbon emissions and keep your energy bills low, installing insulation or draught-proofing will reduce heat loss.

Big Clean Switch

Make the switch to green energy


Resources for businesses

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

The Commitment calls upon business, organisations, cities, states and regions to take urgent, ambitious and immediate climate action towards decarbonising the built environment.

Resource Efficiency Advice

The Business Growth Hub can help your business boost its profitability by improving its resource efficiency, no matter what sector you’re in.

The Big Clean Switch

Green energy for your business. We compare prices from the UK’s most trusted suppliers so you get a great deal – and help the planet at the same time.

Journey to Net Zero

Build your roadmap to a sustainable future.

Standing up for domestic retrofit suppliers in Greater Manchester
Tolu Omideyi explains how the Business Growth Hub’s Green Technologies and Services advisors are helping local suppliers get fair access to domestic retrofit opportunities in Greater Manchester.


Green Homes Grant

If you are a homeowner or residential landlord in Greater Manchester, you can apply to the Local Authority Delivery scheme for a Green Homes Grant towards the cost of energy efficiency improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use by heating your home more efficiently or reducing heat loss through better insulation or windows.

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