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We are committed to promoting energy saving measures and improving the overall energy efficiency of homes in our area.
What is energy efficiency?
Being energy efficient is about making the best use of the energy resources we have. By reducing the amount of energy we need for heating, lighting and running appliances in the home we can save money and protect our environment. There are a number of straightforward ways of saving energy, making your home more efficient and cheaper to run. They include:
- improving insulation
- improving heating and hot-water controls
- fitting more efficient boilers and heaters
- using low-energy light bulbs and choosing energy efficient appliances.
Some cost nothing at all, such as switching off lights and electrical equipment and turning down thermostats.
We also have a grant called a CHEEP grant to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of rented accommodation.
Worried about your energy bills? You can get free impartial advice from the Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network helpline. Some ways for you to help keep costs down through energy efficiency improvements (such as insulation and heating upgrades) are set out below.
Green Deal logoThe Government launched a national scheme called the Green Deal which gives householders the chance to make energy-efficiency improvements to their homes and pay some of the cost back through savings achieved on their bills.
To access Green Deal finance, householders need to have their property assessed to identify suitable improvements and work must be carried out by an authorised Green Deal installer.
Energy Company Obligation
Alongside the Green Deal, the Energy Company Obligation (or ECO) is a scheme where large energy suppliers are required to help people keep their homes more energy efficient through funding. Through this scheme you may be eligible to receive energy efficiency grants of up to 100%.
Energy efficiency and Cherwell District Council
As part of a consortium of Councils and the National Energy Foundation, Cherwell District Council have launched Green Homes Together, a Community Interest Company.
Green Homes Together offer a range of energy saving improvements in partnership with qualified, experienced and reliable local installers. They can help you access funding to support the cost of some improvements and as an authorised Green Deal Provider can advise you and provide Green Deal Finance.
Green Deal Installer or participant?
If you are a company participating in the Green Deal or ECO and would like to work with Green Homes Together, please call 0300 111 3330.
To find out more about Green Homes Together:
- Visit the Green Homes Together website
- Call 0300 1113330
Energy Saving Advice Service
Independent and impartial advice about the Green Deal can be obtained on 0300 123 1234 or at www.gov.uk/greendeal
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 requires the council to produce reports setting out how it plans to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in the district. You can download the council's latest HECA report on the right as well as a supporting document that gives additional information on what has been achieved.
Bicester Green Deal Scheme
A special promotion of the government's new Green Deal Scheme has been running in Bicester. This has resulted in 100 Green Deal assessments being undertaken and retrofits showing what could be done using Green Deal. Find out more about the energy saving work in Bicester on the Eco Bicester website.
The Eco Bicester Boiler Scheme
This scheme means if you own a home or rent privately and live in Bicester, you can get £300 off a replacement boiler. Boilers account for around 60 percent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. For more information, please call our delivery partner NEF (National Energy Foundation) 01908 256929 or visit the Eco Bicester website.