Energy efficiency

We actively promote energy efficiency to homeowners across the district to help:

  • lower carbon emissions

  • improve the local housing stock

  • enable affordable warmth and

  • reduce fuel poverty.

We play a key role in delivering energy efficiency improvements by promoting local and national grants and offering advice on how to make homes warmer and reduce energy consumption and bills. 

We have joined forces with other local councils  to create the Action of Energy initiative. Tailored to the needs of local residents, this initiative is designed to help you make energy efficiency improvements to your home with minimum upfront costs; helping you save money on your energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

Our priorities and actions

The Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 2017 outlines our priorities and actions for the future. The report encourages the take-up of our Green Deal Communities funding for solid wall insulation in privately owned homes and the private rented sector.

We have also been working hard to reduce our own energy use and carbon emissions from council-owned buildings. Work carried out over the last few years to save energy, fuel and carbon has led to a reduction in our energy and fuel costs. 

Further information can be found in our Green House Gas Emissions Report for 2014/15.

How can I save energy in my home?

There are a number of ways you can save energy in your home:

  • cavity wall insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy and can save you up to £150 a year on your fuel bills

  • loft insulation prevents approximately 30% of your home’s heat from escaping through the roof

  • lag your hot water pipes and tanks to stop heat escaping

  • keep out cold draughts by fitting draught proofing to external doors and windows

  • improve your heating controls by installing a programmer, room thermostat(s) and individual thermostatic radiator valves

  • turning down your room thermostat by just 1°C could save you up to 10% on your heating bills

  • set your hot water cylinder thermostat to 60°C, which is adequate for bathing and washing

  • always turn off lights when leaving a room and don’t leave electrical appliances on standby

  • unplug mobile phone and other chargers when you’re not using them

  • energy saving light bulbs and LED lights last much longer than ordinary bulbs and help reduce your fuel bills

  • when buying new appliances check the energy label and reduce your running costs by choosing a model that’s at least A or B rated.

Damp and condensation in the home

Damp and condensation in the home can be a major cause of health problems. The booklet Controlling Damp and Condensation in your Home gives information and advice about the problem.