The council in partnership with Balfour Beatty Workplace gives free and impartial advice to local people on the best ways to heat and insulate your home.
Increasing your energy efficiency at home can be easier than you think. There are plenty of ways to save energy that won't affect your lifestyle.
Please see below a few basis tips on reducing your fuels bills
- Insulate your property
- Turn the room thermostat down a degree. You probably won’t even notice the difference and could save you around ten per cent in energy costs.
- Instead of switching on the central heating as soon as you feel a bit chilly, warm up the old fashioned way by putting on an extra layer of clothing or using another blanket in bed.
- Open and draw curtains at dawn and dusk to keep heat in the rooms.
- Install draught excluders underneath doors and around windows, especially single glazed ones.
- If you are drying your clothes indoors, don’t put them over a radiator. Try putting up a clothes rail in an unheated room.
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs - they last up to six times longer than a normal bulb. Changing just one light bulb will save money on your energy bill
- Switch off appliances instead of leaving them on standby
You may be eligible for:
- Warm Front
- Warm Front Top Up Grant
Watch this space for further developments on the SHEEP Scheme
Warm Front Scheme Eligibility (from 14th April 2011)
Warm Front provides a package of insulation and heating improvements up to £3,500 (or £6,000 where oil, low carbon or renewable technologies are recommended).
To qualify for Warm Front a person must live in their own home or rent privately and the property must have a SAP rating of 55 or under (this will be assessed at the beginning of the Technical Survey)
A householder that is entitled to the Cold Weather Payment should qualify for Warm Front if their property also has a SAP rating of 55 or under. A householder or their spouse must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Pension Credit
- Guaranteed Credit or Savings Credit
- Child Tax Credit (Income less than £15,860.00)
Or Income Support OR Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance which includes a work related activity or support component and have any of the following:
- Has parental responsibility for a child under 5 who ordinarily resides with that person
- Child Tax Credit (which must include a disability or severe disability element for a child or young person)
- Disabled Child Premium
- Disability Premium (enhanced disability or severe disability element premium)
- Pensioner Premium (higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium)
Warm Front top up grant
Owner occupiers who have a contribution towards any works on the Warm Front Scheme may be eligible for help to pay the contribution (subject to funding).
We also provide information on the grants & incentives available to help you improve your energy efficiency. For more details please contact:
Energy Efficiency Officer
Tel 01472 324782