The Government has announced a £12 million fund to help cities kick-start the Green Deal.
Seven cities across England which have put forward proposals to cut their carbon emissions will receive a share of the fund.
The cash is expected to help test key elements of the Green Deal like assessment and installation and provide feedback. Around 2,500 properties are expected to be retrofitted across communities with the fund.
The Green Deal offers loans to people to help make their homes more energy efficient.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I’ve been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings.
“This funding will help them get up and running and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need.”
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield are the cities receiving the funding.