Home Energy Efficiency
It is now widely accepted that global warming is a consequence of human activity in burning fossil fuels, increasing the amount of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the atmosphere. The majority of energy used in our homes for heating and power is derived from burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuel is a diminishing resource, and prices have been going consistently up in the last decade, and it is likely to continue on the upward trend in future. This year alone there is an increase of around 10% on both electricity and gas.
We all need to heat and power our homes; but we can reduce our consumption considerably by being more efficient and reduce avoidable waste. Reducing energy consumption will not only be good for your pocket, but you will also reduce your contribution of carbon dioxide emission in the atmosphere. This will also help preserve a better environment for our children and future generations.
The Council's Home Energy Efficiency Plan
The Council's Home Energy Efficiency Report [355KB] sets out our approach to reducing energy consumption across all homes in the borough. We have been helping local households to reduce energy for many years, with various schemes to make home insulation more affordable.
Are you struggling to pay your fuel bills? Want some advice or assistance on making your home more energy efficient? The Energy Saving Trust website can provide you with information, or you can find out whether you are eligible for help with your energy costs here.
The Green Deal
The Green Deal is a scheme to assist home owners, landlords, tenants with landlord's approval and businesses identify energy efficiency improvements to their properties using finance from the Green Deal to carry out the works. Repayments of the Green Deal loans are made through the savings on energy costs through electricity bills.
From midday, Monday 16th March, the popular scheme will open to new applications for the new release of funding, with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing certain energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation,double glazing,boilers,cavity wall and floor insulation,. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit :DECC website.
For more details on the Green Deal, including a list of registered advisors and green deal providers in your area, at the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body.