Energy efficiency, advice and grants
Saving Energy in Your Home
Improving the energy efficiency of your home can help:
- the internal comfort of your home by making it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- reduce your annual energy bills.
- reduce your carbon footprint if you are using fossil fuels to heat your home
There are many actions you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. We have produced a download of free and low-cost measures to conserve energy.
The National Energy Foundation website has advice on:
- reducing energy bills
- ways to save heat & fuel at home
- switching energy suppliers
- access to local and national grants & offers for energy efficiency home improvements
- relieving fuel poverty
- how to stay warm over winter
The Energy Saving Trust also offers a source of advice on home energy improvements, including:
- general energy saving tips and advice
- information on available grants, and buying energy saving home appliances
- online home energy checks which could reduce your energy bills through improving home energy efficiency
The Better Housing Better Health service
We are committed to supporting residents vulnerable to fuel poverty and cold homes. In partnership with the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and other Oxfordshire Local Authorities we have developed the Better Housing Better Health service. This service aims to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty and provides access to impartial energy advice and free home energy visits. These are called Warm and Well assessments.
The NEF also help people on a low income to get grants for energy efficiency and heating improvements in their homes. This winter we are providing additional funding support for energy improvements to the people who need it most. Contact the Better Housing Better Health service to find out whether you are eligible for our fuel poverty grant. You may be able to get a grant if you:
- have a long term health condition
- are in receipt of a means-tested benefit
- are over the age of 60
- live in an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) F or G banded property
- are eligible for other schemes operated by Better Housing Better Health.
Download our Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Statement of Intent.
Cosy Homes Oxfordshire
Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is a project set up with UK Government funding to provide homeowner and landlords advice on how to carry out energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. They can also help homeowners and landlords maximise the value of the Government’s new Green Homes Grant. There are vouchers for two thirds of the cost of home energy-efficiency and retrofit improvements up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for low income households).
Visit the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire website for more information and contact details.
The following grants are currently available to eligible residents living in West Oxfordshire.
Green Homes Grant
The Green Homes Grant is available to help low-income families retrofit their homes with energy efficient measures to improve their home’s warmth. The fully funded grants will pay for energy efficiency measures such as insulation and heating upgrades. Residents with a household income of less than £30,000* can access this funding by contacting the National Energy Foundation (NEF).
The free phone number 0800 038 6030 is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) or alternatively residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their full name, address and phone number after which one of the NEF advisors will give return the call. It may also be possible for a household income to be in excess of £30,000 and still eligible for funding where the household composition means that incomes are stretched amongst many dependent children.
Funding is available for energy efficiency measures such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and heating system replacement via the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding. The aim of the funding is to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. It is for homeowners and some private tenants who are vulnerable. This is defined as a householder receiving income-related benefit or low overall household income; and resident vulnerable to the cold. Vulnerabilities could include suffering from a long-term health condition, being in receipt of non-means tested benefit or living in a low energy performance home.
NEF work with installers who have access to ECO funding and can refer residents for funding. Residents who think they may be eligible for ECO funding should contact NEF on the free phone number 0800 038 6030 which is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
West Oxfordshire’s Fuel Poverty Grant
A £1,000 grant is available to West Oxfordshire residents for measures to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Eligible homeowners must be in receipt of a means-tested benefit. Residents who think they may be eligible for the Fuel Poverty Grant should contact NEF on the free phone number 0800 038 6030 which is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Further information about all of the above grants is available on the NEF website.