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Energy efficiency and affordable warmth

Saving Energy in Your Home

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can help:

  • the internal comfort of your home by making your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • reduce your annual energy bills.
  • can help to 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 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. It aims to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty and provides access to impartial energy advice and free home energy visits.

They help people who are on a low income get energy company grants. These can be put towards insulation and heating improvements. 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.

For further information see our Statement of Intent.

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