Make your home warmer and cheaper to run

There's a number of ways to improve your home to make it more comfortable, healthier and cheaper to live in. These could involve changing your home so that you don’t need to use as much energy to heat it, changing your habits, or even installing renewable energy measures.

You can find out more about how to use less energy in your home by filling in our online contact form.

Help with heating during the coronavirus outbreak 

If you're having trouble with your heating and hot water during the coronavirus outbreak, are in an at-risk group for coronavirus and can’t afford to get it fixed, give our Warm Homes team a call on 01226 773366. We may be able to arrange a temporary repair or sort out temporary heating, before referring you to Better Homes Barnsley for a future boiler replacement, if necessary.

Better Homes Barnsley

If you're a private tenant, landlord or homeowner living in Barnsley you could benefit from energy saving measures with Better Homes Barnsley.

Hundreds of residents across the borough have already benefited from our latest approved energy efficiency scheme, and are now enjoying warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills thanks to the installation of:

Better Homes Barnsley can access government funding to support this type of work and this means that in some cases we are able to offer the work at subsidised rates. If you're on a low income you may be able to access additional funding to help towards the cost of the work. Finance packages are also available.

The scheme is also currently able to offer gas and oil boilers, which include a 12 month workmanship warranty and up to a 10 year boiler warranty. The boiler installers are Which? Trusted Traders and are able to carry out free, no obligation quotes and surveys.

For more information, fill in our online contact form.  

Grants towards gas central heating for homeowners and private landlords*

We're currently offering free gas central heating systems to homeowners, and grants towards the cost of gas central heating to private landlords, whose homes currently lack gas central heating. 

If you’re a homeowner and on a low income, or a private landlord whose tenant is on a low income, and:

  • you don’t have a gas central heating system in your property
  • you have gas fires, electric storage heaters or coal fires as your main heating

then you could be eligible for a grant towards gas central heating.

What you need to do

Contact us by filling in our online form. The funding is available for a limited time only and will be given to those who apply first.

* Subject to eligibility and surveys.

Green Homes Grant vouchers

Through the government’s new Green Homes Grant, you can apply for up to £5,000 towards improving the energy efficiency of your home. Low income households can apply for up to £10,000.

Measures include wall, floor or roof insulation, heat pumps and draught proofing. The scheme will open for voucher applications at the end of September.

Visit the Simple Energy Advice website to check your eligibility, decide what measures to install and then contact an accredited tradesperson to get a quote.

Drop-in sessions

Throughout the year we hold drop-in sessions at various locations in the borough. These are your opportunity to get advice on:

  • energy saving options for your home
  • switching energy supplier
  • Better Homes Barnsley funding options
  • help with fuel debt
  • keeping warm in winter

Follow our Facebook page to find out locations and see updates.

Further advice

If you live in a council property you can find out more about energy efficiency on the Berneslai Homes website.

If you're living in private rented accommodation you can read more about what rights you have as a tenant. Landlords can also find out more about energy efficiency.

If you're a housing association tenant, contact your landlord directly for more information.

If you or anyone else you know is struggling to pay their fuel bills have a look at our information on help with fuel bills or contact us for advice.

Council flexible eligibility – statement of intent

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017-2018, local councils are able to set their own eligibility criteria for funding for energy efficiency works to private sector housing. This funding has to be aimed at those residents who are at the most risk of living in fuel poverty.

We're adopting two different approaches to determining which households are eligible for this funding, and details of these can be found in our flexible ECO statement of intent.

Please note that the final decision on whether funding is available to individual households will be made by the energy suppliers and is based on the following factors:

  • the survey carried out and installation costs
  • the energy savings that can be achieved by having the work done
  • whether suppliers have funding available at the time of application