Information about improving the energy efficiency of your home
The need to improve energy efficiency is particularly important given the rapid increase in fuel bills in recent years which has led to an increase in the number of households in fuel poverty, or in danger of falling into fuel poverty.
If you or anyone else you know is struggling to pay their fuel bills more information on fuel poverty and how to combat it can be found by following this link.
Stop wasting energy and cut your bills
You could save money on energy bills by switching gas and electricity tariff. To compare energy bill prices, take a look at the uswitch website.
Information about reducing your energy bills can be found on the Energy Saving Trust webpage at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Grants-and-savings/Stop-wasting-energy-and-cut-your-bills
Assistance Available to Householders and Property Owners
1) Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Government requires the six biggest energy companies in the UK, (Southern Electric, British Gas, EDF, Scottish Power, nPower and E.on) to fund energy efficiency works to reduce the amount of carbon produced and the fuel bills in domestic customer’s homes.
You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home under the ECO scheme if you’re on certain benefits and own or privately rent your home. For more information on eligibility for the ECO scheme click here.
2) The Green Deal
The Green Deal is a government sponsored initiative to support the
implementation of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses. One of the main attractions of the scheme is that there is no up front cost; the cost of the works is repaid through resultant savings on energy bills. For further information, click here.
We are supporting the Green Deal initiative through the Green Deal Pioneer Places Scheme which will help to kickstart Green Deal in Barnsley. The scheme, which will run until the end of March 2014, will be focused on homeowners living in the Central, Old Town Kingstone, Darton East & West, Dodworth, and Penistone East & West wards.
If you are a home owner, live in the Central, Old Town, Kingstone, Darton East & West, Dodworth, and Penistone East & West wards register your interest by contacting Sophie Hughes on 01226 772639 or by email to email@example.com
Private Sector Rented Accommodation
Landlords and managing agents who are members of the Barnsley Accreditation Scheme can benefit from grant funding to assist with the cost of insulation and boiler replacement work; for more information follow this link .
Landlords can also benefit from the Landlord’s Energy Savings Allowance (LESA). This is a tax allowance of up to £1500 per year that can be claimed against the costs of buying and installing certain energy saving products.
The main energy sources concerned are:
• heat from the earth, the air or water sources
• plants grown for fuel (biomass or biofuels)
• the movement of water (known as hydro) and wind.
Householders are being encouraged to take up renewable technology through a range of financial incentives; these include Feed in Tariffs (FITs) the Renewable Heat Premium Payment and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). For more information on renewable energy go to the Energy Savings Trust website at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy
For more information on home energy efficiency in council housing you should follow the link to the Berneslai Homes website or contact Barnsley Connects on 01226 775555 - Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm and Saturday 8am - 1pm.
Housing Association Housing
If you are a housing association tenant you should contact your landlord direct for more information.
Tel: 01226 772518 & 775184
Write: The Energy Efficiency Officer
Strategy, Growth and Regeneration
PO Box 634
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 09:00am to 05:00pm
Friday: 09:00am to 04:30pm