Energy efficiency support for residents

A number of energy efficiency schemes are available to assist vulnerable residents in the borough with the rising costs of gas and electricity.

We are offering support to the elderly, those living with significant health issues and those in the least energy efficient homes. The schemes available range from home improvements to insulating walls and lofts, replacing old boilers and even changing heating systems in houses with old electric storage heaters.

As gas prices have tripled since the summer of 2021, looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home is a sensible step to take.

Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said:

“This is a difficult time for many with the increase in energy prices and we don’t want to see our residents suffer.

“Our various schemes will not only improve the energy efficiency of your home but could help save you money during these uncertain times.

“In order to feel the benefit from the home improvements, we are urging residents to get in touch as soon as possible to see if they might be eligible.”

Residents can also increase their home’s energy efficiency by making a few simple changes, including:

  • turning off appliances that are not in use
  • switching off all unwanted lights
  • fitting LED bulbs
  • reducing the heating thermostat, only if it is comfortable to do so
  • air drying clothes, rather than using a tumble dryer
  • washing your clothes at 20 degrees
  • reducing your programmed heating time by 30 minutes each side of the on and off timed setting
  • closing internal doors and external windows to heated rooms to retain heat

Lots of small changes, when done collectively, can help make cuts to the amount of energy we consume and potentially reduce energy bills.

For more information and to check if you are eligible for support, contact our Sustainable Energy Officer by:

For more information read our energy efficiency in the home pages