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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.
Improving insulation will very quickly repay any insulation costs and will make your home warmer and cheaper to heat.
Help with insulation and with other energy-efficiency improvements may be available through the new Green Deal scheme.
We also have a grant called a CHEEP grant to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of rented accommodation.
Advice about affordable warmth is available from the council-supported Affordable warmth network.
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.