The Home Energy Advice Centre can give you information and advice over the phone about how to:
- save energy
- save money
- keep warm
We can also give you advice on the latest home energy grants and discount schemes.
How can I make my home warmer and reduce my energy usage?
Using energy efficiently is important, as it will:
- help you to save money on your gas and electricity bills
- help you to lower your environmental impact by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (a gas linked to climate change and global warming) that your home releases into the atmosphere
Here are a few tips to help you to save energy in your home:
- close your curtains – closing your curtains at night stops heat escaping from your home
- use energy-saving light bulbs – swapping traditional light bulbs in your home with energy-saving light bulbs could save around £55 a year on your energy bill
- insulate your home – having cavity wall insulation fitted could save you up to £135 on your energy bills each year, while insulation in your loft could save you between £25 and £175 a year
- purchase energy-efficient appliances – when you replace any household appliances, consider the energy efficiency of the product. Look out for the Energy Saving Recommended logo. The blue logo can be found on anything from fridges to light bulbs and shows it’s one of the most efficient in its category.
Simple Energy Advice
The Simple Energy Advice website provides impartial and independent advice to help you:
- reduce your energy bills
- make your home warmer
- plan home improvements
- make your home greener
Advice is for everyone, whether you own your home, rent a property or are a landlord.
What grants/schemes are available to help me make my home warmer and more energy efficient?
Help may be available for home owners or private tenants with:
- cavity wall insulation
- loft insulation
The council is also exploring opportunities for carrying out external solid wall insulation in hard-to-treat homes.
Boiler replacement scheme
Did you know that an old gas boiler, typically the type with a pilot light, can consume 20 per cent more gas that an A-rated boiler?
The Energy Savings Trust has estimated that an average of £235 each year could be saved.
If you are an owner-occupier and are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to upgrade your central heating system and replace an old inefficient G-rated boiler with a new A-rated boiler.
Chesterfield Home Improvement Agency can also help low-income households with heating breakdowns and repairs.
To request an enquiry form, please contact the Chesterfield Home Improvement Agency on 01246 345 748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation
The Green Deal will provide householders with the upfront capital to carry out home energy efficiency improvements and repay through their energy bill. The charge will be attached to the electricity meter and will remain with the property when there are new occupants. The "Golden Rule" will make sure that any charge attached must be less than the expected savings from the energy saving improvements.
Together with the Green Deal will be the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). ECO has been designed to fit within the Green Deal framework and provide support where Green Deal finance alone is not enough. The ECO is likely to make improvements such as solid wall insulation much more affordable.
Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Report
The HECA report contains the plans on how Chesterfield Borough Council will achieve energy efficiency improvements in the borough's residential housing stock.
The report sets out a timeframe for the delivery of initiatives such as Green Deal, Energy Company Obligations and Renewable Heat Incentive,s as well as the national and local partners that Chesterfield Borough Council will work with to deliver these.
The report also provides data on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty. This baseline data will be used to measure progress.