Energy efficiency at home
Information, advice, grants and loans
Act on Energy
Act on Energy is a local organisation providing free, impartial advice to residents of Warwick district on all aspects of home energy efficiency, including grants for insulation and boilers and switching energy suppliers. You can contact them via:
Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is a government-funded organisation which helps residents countrywide to save energy and money in their homes. It provides free advice through the Energy Saving Trust website and advice line: 0300 123 1234 (national call rates apply).
Warwickshire Switch and Save
Join the Warwickshire collective energy switch scheme for free and without obligation. The scheme is managed by iChoosr and is open to all UK energy customers owning or renting a property. You can sign up as long as your name is on the energy bill. Pre-pay meter users can also register and there are several tariffs available including pre-payment, electric only and dual fuel (electricity and gas).
Many suppliers have increased their standard tariffs in the last few months, so now is a good time to see how much you can save. These are their ‘standard variable tariffs’. Suppliers will put you on this if you haven’t switched before or if your fixed term contract has ended. Seven out of ten households are on a standard tariff, which means these households could save the most by switching.
To register for the scheme you will need a copy of your annual statement or recent electricity and/or gas bill. There are three ways to register:
- Register online
- Register over the phone - 0800 988 2881
- Register in person at the Leamington Spa library information desk
Home Energy Conservation Act 1995
The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) requires local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of residential properties, to assess the needs of residents and to help support residents in energy efficiency, fuel poverty and keeping warmer in their homes. There is a requirement to provide progress reports at two-yearly intervals, up to and including 31 March 2027.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Warwick District Council has signed an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Statement of Intent document along with other local authorities in Warwickshire. The agreement aims to help more residents in the district lower their fuel bills and stay warmer by installing energy efficiency measures. ECO aims to offer grant funding to private householders to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and lower fuel bills. Although the ECO has been aimed at residents on means tested benefits, a new ECO ‘Flex’ element aims to help residents that have a low income and are vulnerable to the effects of the cold.
The ECO ‘Flex’ grant funding is being run in partnership with Act on Energy and so far, the grant funding has supported insulation measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation and new boilers.
To qualify, residents must be in private sector housing, on a low income and also meet one of the following criteria:
- over 65 years of age
- qualifying for a previous heating scheme including disabled facilities grant and the Warm and Well Scheme
- a householder with an existing diagnosed health condition made worse by living in a cold home
- household with children under 5
- pregnant mothers
- have respiratory and cardiovascular disease
- moderate to severe mental illness
- substance misusers
- neurobiological diseases
- limited mobility
- sickle cell disease
- severe learning disabilities
- autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, MS, diabetes, HIV)
- households with a pre-payment meter
- ex-social housing properties sold to private ownership within the last 10 years
Householders looking to make enquires should contact Act On Energy:
Download the ECO Flex Statement of Intent