Helping to make your home more energy efficient

Edition: November 2022

Are you looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home so you can reduce your energy bills? Don’t miss out on available funding.

Man installing insulation

The Council has been successful, as part of a consortium of local authorities, in securing funding from the Government to offer free measures which will improve the energy efficiency of local eligible homes. These efficiencies will be delivered under a programme called Warmer Homes.

Funding under the Warmer Homes programme is available until March 2023, for energy efficiency measures including:

  • Insulation
  • Solar PV panels
  • Air source heat pumps

If your home uses gas, funding of up to £10,000 is available. If your home is off-gas, funding of up to £25,000 is available. Funding availability through the programme is subject to eligibility, technical feasibility and your home’s EPC rating.

Warmer Homes

You may qualify for the funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your home has an EPC rating of E, F or G (limited funding is available for EPC D rated properties).
  • You have a total household annual income of £30,000 or less(before housing costs/bills)

The programme is available to owner occupiers and private rental tenants only. If you are a private rental tenant, your landlord will be required to make a financial contribution.

Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and applications take no longer than five minutes.

This is a real opportunity for eligible residents that will have a significant impact on the twin challenge of rising energy costs and climate change.

Apply for Warmer Homes

Click the button below to apply online or call for free on 0800 038 5737.

Top tips for saving energy and money this winter

  • Some 40% of household heat is lost through draughts. An easy way to draught-proof your home is with simple strips or homemade excluders (but avoid blocking ventilation bricks).
  • You can cheaply insulate your windows with PVC film.
  • Switch to low energy LED lightbulbs. These can use up to 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
  • Invest in some high quality thermal curtains or fit thermal linings, and close the curtains at night to avoid heat loss.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and appliances on standby; turnoff when not in use.
  • Don’t charge your mobile phone all night.
  • Think about using lower energy appliances (i.e. microwaves, airfryers, slow cookers) - research found that an electric cooker costs on average 87p to run per day, while a microwave costs a mere eight pence!
  • Turn your thermostat down by1°C.
  • Electric showers use a lot of energy – set a timer for 3 minutes.
  • Try reducing the temperature of your clothes wash to 30°C.
  • Avoid half loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Air-dry your clothes rather than using a tumble drier.

Check out our website for more tips on retrofitting or energy discounts/payments.

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