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Help to keep your home warm

 

Due to recent changes to the new central Government initiative Energy company Obligation (ECO), some of these offers may vary. New offers may also become available . Please ring our Energy Advice Line 0800 193 1902 for more information and advice.

 

South Staffs Energy Advice Line call Free 0800 193 1902

Help is still available for energy saving measures for our residents. There have been a number of changes during 2014 from the previous schemes that were running. Here is a brief summary of the schemes we are currently aware of for South Staffordshire residents along with details on how you can access them.

 

  • Help to insulate your home

  • Help for repair or replacement boilers

  • Help for insulating solid walls

  • Help for renewable energy

 

Emergency warm homes help

Emergency Warm Homes Help is available through the Council's Decent Homes Grants. Grants are available for some help towards emergency repairs or alterations in the home, including park homes and house boats. This Grant is limited to vulnerable households where other funding can’t be found dependant on monies being available. Emergency heaters are also available. Click here to find out more.

 

 

FREE INSULATION and other Energy Saving Measures

 

FREE Insulation for Hard-to-treat cavity walls

Under the Governments new Energy Company Obligation scheme, homes with Hard-to-treat cavities can now be insulated for free (subject to survey). Such cavities include those that are less than 50mm wide, are rubble filled or homes that are 3 storey or more. Loft insulation will be provided free as a secondary measure, if needed. All of these will have missed out under earlier Government schemes.  If you meet the criteria, you can book a no obligation survey to confirm suitability, and if appropriate then installation will follow shortly afterwards.

 

To find out more call South Staffordshire’s Energy Advice line on 0800 193 1902.

 

Funding towards Solid Wall Insulation

Under the Governments new Energy Company Obligation scheme homes with solid walls funding can be accessed towards the cost of Solid Wall Insulation, both internally and externally. The exact amounts are both subject to survey and dependant on the heating fuel used. Homes heated with electricity or solid fuel could expect up to 100%, those on oil around 80% and those on mains gas or LPG around 40-50%. Loft insulation will be provided free as a secondary measure, if needed.  If you meet the criteria, you can book a no obligation survey to confirm suitability, and if appropriate then installation will follow shortly afterwards.

 

 To find out more call South Staffordshire’s Energy Advice line on 0800 193 1902.

 

FREE insulation measures and heating upgrades for those on certain benefits

 

Residents Group, Great Wyrley

‘The Residents Group have helped cut their community’s energy costs by making their homes warmer. The group enabled the residents to take advantage of funding for insulating lofts to 10 inches (270mm) and insulating cavity walls saving each resident £200 on the costs of insulation and around £180 a year on their energy bill’.

 

We are encouraging residents that are on the ceratin benefits listed below, to take advantage of free or discounted wall and loft insulation, together with heating upgrade offers while they are available!

 

This Governments new Energy Company Obligation scheme replaces the old Warm Front which closed early in 2013. It can provide FREE energy efficiency measures (subject to survey) including replacement boilers and repairs, loft and cavity wall insulation. These are available to those who own their own home, rent privately and are on Child Tax Credit, State Pension Credit, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Income related Employment and Support Allowance or Income-base Job Seekers Allowance. . If you meet the criteria, you can book a no obligation survey to confirm suitability, and if appropriate then installation will follow shortly afterwards.

 

My neighbours, Great Wyrley

‘My neighbours and their 5 children were saving to get their boiler repaired but it broke completely. Both were unemployed and the dad has a chronic health problem made worse by a lack of heat causing chronic pain and severe depression. I suggested they contact the Energy Advice Line. This resulted in them getting a FREE new boiler with loft and cavity wall insulation which not only “helped keep Dad out of hospital but also made the home warmer for the whole family’.

 

 

Call South Staffordshire’s Energy Advice line on 0800 193 1902.

 

Funding to help with renewable technologies

Government backed funding is also available to help install renewable technologies. These are broken down into 2 types:

  • For electricity generation the Feed-in-Tariff scheme has now been running since 2010 and is still open to new applicants. Under this scheme a householder will be paid a tax-free and index-linked sum for each unit of electricity their photovoltaic panels generate, currently 13p per unit. This will pay back the cost of the panels in around 10 years. Schemes are also running where your roof can be rented out for 25 years, you pay nothing but benefit from the electricity generated and the Feed-in-Tariff goes to the company installing the system.
  • For heat the Renewable Heat Incentive will now pay householders for the renewable heat they generate, instead of the fossil fuels such as oil or LPG. By installing one of the following technologies a householder will be able to claim back money that pays for the system in around 7 years. They work best for off-gas homes where a householder is considering changing their existing oil, LPG or electric heating systems. They also work best in well insulated properties, so this approach should be thought about in relation to the solid wall grants mentioned above.

Technologies include:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar thermal
  • Biomass using wood chip or wood pellet

 

Call South Staffordshire’s Energy Advice line on 0800 193 1902.

 

* This is not an exhaustive list of opportunities, and the Council recommends that you select a provider that is most suitable for your needs. The Council are aware of these opportunities through work with our partners Marches Energy Agency who have procured these offers. The Council has not vetted these providers and cannot be held responsible or liable for any problems that you may experience with the company you choose to go with.

(updated September 2013)

These offers may vary. Please contact our Energy Advice Line to clarify the offer that is presently available.

 

 

Other offers include:

 

EDF - Home energy efficiency improvements are being provided to customers, created to help people keep their homes warm, especially throughout the winter months. This help is provided by installing home improvements, designed to save money on energy bills. And we’re giving some of these improvements away for free to people who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Gas Boilers are available free if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits. 

Cavity Wall Insulation & Loft Insulation is available free. Eligibility is based on where you live - some postcode areas are eligible.  If you live in Featherstone & Shareshill, Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood & Lapley and Himley and Swindon and some rural areas. 

Call 0800 404 7430 or 0800 096 8634or apply on the EDF Energy website

 

British Gas -

Loft and cavity wall insulation could save you hundreds of pounds each year and if you are on selected benefits British Gas may be able to install this free.

Gas Boilers are available free if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits.

Cavity Wall Insulation & Loft Insulation is available free to everyone in owner occupied homes or private tenancy.

Call free 0800 691 1992 or apply on the British Gas website 

Book your free survey at a time to suit you. After your survey you can then arrange a time for your free installation. This can usually be done within a day and with very little fuss.

 

Eon - Boilers are available free if over 8 years old and not working properly. 

Cavity Wall Insulation & Loft Insulation is available free if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits. Eligibility is also based on where you live - some postcode areas are eligible. If you live in Featherstone & Shareshill, Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood & Lapley and Himley and Swindon and some rural areas.

Call:  0800 051 5687 or 0330 400 1195 or apply on the Eon Energy website.

 

Npower -

Gas replacement Boilers are available free if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits and the boiler is over 9 years old.

Cavity Wall Insulation is available free if it is over 20 years old & Loft Insulation is available free if it is over 10 years old.

Call: 0800 072 1740. 

 

SSE-

Gas Boilers replaced free if over 7 years old and if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits.

Cavity Wall Insulation & Loft Insulation is available free if someone in your household is in receipt of income related benefits. Eligibility is also based on where you live - some postcode areas are eligible. If you live in Featherstone & Shareshill, Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood & Lapley and Himley and Swindon and some rural areas.

Call: 0800 975 2844 or 0800 980 8831

 

Scottish Power -

Nothing available at present. Will be reassessed mid September.

Call: 0800 332 233.

 

These offers may vary. Please contact the provider to clarify the offer that is presently available.

 

 

Other information

 

The government's new Green Deal!

The Green Deal is a government initiative which will allow home owners to install energy efficient technologies in their homes at no up front cost. The Green Deal provides a loan repaid from the fuel bill savings for energy efficiency measures. You will be able to improve your home now and repay for it from the energy bill savings. For more information, please visit our green deal webpages.

 

Utility Companies

Residents may be able to apply for a discount from their fuel supplier. Most utility companies now offer grants for cavity wall and loft insulation, but the amount of grant differs between companies. For more information contact your supplier.

 

Help for Businesses

There are a variety of grants and schemes available to businesses and other organisations. Some of them are listed here. More information can be found by contacting the Carbon Trust or by clicking here.

 

Other contacts

If you are keen to do something to save energy as well as money, then contact Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012, or visit the save energy website for more information.

Energy saving trust's grant database

Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) 0300 123 1234

 

(updated August 2014 AM)

 

Contact

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email waste@sstaffs.gov.uk

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