Make your home warmer and cheaper to run

There are 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 here on the Energy Saving Trust website.

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 benefitted 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.

Visit the Better Homes website for more information or call 0800 597 1500/0113 8970977**

** Calls are free from a UK landline, local rate call charges apply.  The call centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

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
  • you have unheated rooms in your property

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

What you need to do

Contact Better Homes Barnsley online or by calling 0800 597 1500. The funding is available for a limited time only and will be given to those who apply first.

* Subject to eligibility and surveys.

Drop-in sessions

Throughout the winter the Better Homes Barnsley team will be holding drop in sessions at locations in Barnsley town centre. This is 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 this winter

To find out locations and updates on this Follow our Facebook page.

Visit our show home

Would you like to see how your property can be improved with energy saving measures? Come and speak to people with first-hand experience of the installation process. Our show home is kitted out with:

Contact Better Homes Barnsley to book your place on the next show home open day. 

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 here.

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.

There’s more information on renewable energy on Energy Savings Trust website and the ofgem website.

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 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