Home energy grants
The council in partnership with ENGIE gives free and impartial advice to local residents on ways of reducing fuel bills and advising on schemes available for heating and insulation for 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.
For assistance complete our Home energy enquiry form or telephone 01472 326296, selecting option 5.
Hotspots is a multi-agency referral process for front-line workers. This allows front-line workers to refer to the following services:
- Energy efficiency advice
- Fire safety checks
- Disabled adaptations
- Benefit advice
Since the Hotspots scheme launched there has been a lot of development work happening, training delivered and various new agencies coming on board. The Hotspots Newsletter will come out once a quarter providing updates on home energy efficiency nationally and regionally.
Addressing fuel poverty is everyone’s responsibility and we need your support to reach out to those residents who are living in fuel poverty. Even though the warmer weather is here, some people still have to use the heating during the summer months due to medical conditions. So please make those referrals.
contact us about Hotspots by completing the Home energy enquiry form.
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.
Here are some basic tips on reducing your fuel 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
What is Fuel Poverty?
Fuel Poverty is where a householder cannot afford to heat their home, this could be due to:
- Low Income (Household Income)
- High Fuel costs
- Household type
- Energy Consumption
- Other factors to take into consideration are
- Medical conditions of occupant
- How many residents living in the property to size of the property
- House in disrepair
- Access to main gas
Definition/Issues of Fuel Poverty of Fuel Poverty?
Fuel poverty in England is measured by the Low Income High Costs definition, which considers a household to be in fuel poverty if:
- They have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)
- Were they have to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line
Source: Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report 2015, p9