Energy efficiency

Our aim is to improve energy efficiency within all homes in the Wychavon district to help protect the environment and improve housing standards. To do this we offer advice and guidance on ways for you to save money at home by switching energy tariffs and using energy more efficiently, thereby reducing your household bills.

Energy Efficiency

Warmer Worcestershire

ThWarmer Worcestershire network aims to reduce fuel poverty and CO2 emissions in the county by delivering around the following objectives;

  • Encourage energy efficiency improvements in homes
  • Help vulnerable residents understand the links between effectively heating the home and the impact on their health
  • Support delivery of the cold weather plan for Worcestershire
  • Keep updated on winter advice and top tips to help you cope.

For more information go to the Warmer Worcestershire website.

 

Use the Heat Loss Map to see the loss of heat in your household (based on no energy efficient improvements being made since 2008).

 

Home insulation

Insulating the walls and lofts in your home will not only improve the comfort of your home and save money on fuel bills but may help with problems of mould and condensation. Keeping your home warm also improves your health and your mental health.

Occasionally there is grant funding to help with the cost of insulation for households that meet certain eligibility criteria. For further information on energy grants please contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.

 

Keep your home warm 

Apply these methods of insulation to your home to keep warm during periods of cold weather:

  • Cover keyholes and letterboxes
  • Place aluminium foil behind radiators on outside walls, to reflect the heat back into the room
  • Help reduce the draughts by sealing the gaps around doors and windows and ensuring all of your curtains are lined
  • If your central heating system also heats up your hot water, you could lag the pipes between the boiler and the tank to help reduce the heating costs
  • Check your loft is insulated (current depth recommendation is 270mm) to help keep your home warm, you can save around £145 a year on your heating bills
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder is properly lagged with an 80mm lagging jacket or other recommended forms of insulation.

Keeping your Wychavon home warm                          

         

Renewable energy advice 

The following technologies produce renewable energy in the form of heat or electricity. 

  • Solar Thermal Hot Water
  • Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Wind Turbines
  • Wood Fuelled Heating (Biomass)
  • Small Scale Hydro

The technologies generating electricity may qualify for funding through the government's Feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, which you can claim through any energy supplier that subscribes to the FIT scheme.  The technologies producing heat may qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, applications* are to be made online. These are regular payments made based on how much energy is produced rather than an up-front grant.

Please be aware that these schemes change frequently and funding is limited.

*Householders must have in place any required planning consents before applying to the scheme.

 

Switching energy

For more information to help you understand your energy bills and how you could compare your gas and electricity prices, contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.

 

Smart meters

The roll-out of smart meters will play an important part in Britain's transition to a low-carbon economy and help us meet some of the long-term challenges we face in ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply.

Consumers will have near real-time information on their energy consumption to help them manage their energy use, save money and reduce emissions. Smart meters will also provide consumers with more accurate information and bring an end to estimated billing.

Read more information on smart meters and find out they can benefit you.

 

HECA reports:

 
We understand the importance of home energy conservation and the influence we have with our residents to significantly improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation across the district.

2013-2015 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan
2015-2017 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan
2017-2019 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan

Our HECA plan sets out the strategic and partnership context for our energy efficiency and fuel poverty work. It contains current performance information, our recent achievements in reducing fuel poverty and improving domestic energy efficiency, as well as our plans to deliver further improvements for the benefit of Wychavon residents.

We will monitor our HECA plan on a quarterly basis to ensure delivery against our targets in the action plan. We will co-ordinate this through our Intelligently Green Group, which meets on a monthly basis.