Through Hitting the Cold Spots, Hampshire County Council and the Environment Centre (tEC) can help with the cost of installing first-time gas central heating in qualifying homes.

To qualify for assistance under this scheme you need to:

  • own your own home, or rent from a private landlord,
  • have no central heating system in the home,
  • live in a home that is expensive to heat (to be confirmed by an energy performance survey), and
  • be on a low income*.

A warm home can improve health and wellbeing, and central heating makes a home more comfortable and cheaper to run. See what our clients have said about the difference central heating has made to their lives:

“This has been a life changing experience for me. Before I had this help I was using a camping stove for my cooking and my only hot water came from boiling a kettle. Now I have a fully working, modern central heating system and hot water on demand.”

“I’m thinking to myself how nice and warm I will be next winter. There have been some years when it has been so cold in my house I have had to sleep downstairs where my gas fire is. I don’t have to worry about that now because I will have warmth everywhere. I really do appreciate all the help I have received through this scheme; I could never have done this by myself.”

“We cannot convey how much difference the central heating system will make to us, especially having health problems and getting older. We now look forward to the winter rather than dreading it. Having no central heating was having an adverse effect on my partner’s illness but now we know the winter months will be more manageable. If it wasn’t for Hitting the Cold Spots we would not have been able to obtain the help we have.”

For full case studies please see our website:

We are currently looking for eligible properties and households, so please contact the Environment Centre (tEC) for more information or to check eligibility, on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email

*Terms and conditions apply.