Keeping your house warm
Saving energy at home
Home heating advice
- Thermostatic radiator valves
- Understanding your bill
- Switching tarrifs
- Consumer rights
Funding for energy efficiency and heating improvements
Nationally insulation grants are being replaced by the new Green Deal finance mechanism and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) subsidy. Current financial support for energy efficiency improvements to private homes in Kirklees include the:
- Kirklees Energy Saver Scheme and Green Deal
Homeowners and privately renting tenants can access grants and interest free loans to cover a broad range of home improvements. The Kirklees Energy Saver Scheme is available on a first come first served basis until the end of February 2013.
- Energy Help Loan
An interest free loan, (8% administration fee) to support energy efficiency measures.
- Warm Front scheme
The national grant scheme for improvements to cavity wall and loft insulation, central heating and new boilers finishes on January 19 2013 for all new applications, any application received after that date will not be accepted. Work of existing customers will be completed as long as they have applied before the 19 January.
Repairs and simple home improvements
Advice and free help for simple measures for vulnerable residents
- Age UK HandyVan
Service for small repairs around the house.
- Mears Home Improvements-Kirklees
Home visits for vulnerable residents and simple free energy efficiency measures.
For further information on the work carried out to improve the energy efficiency of council homes and for advice and support on how to make your council home more efficient and comfortable:
Energy performance of homes
- Energy Performance Certificates
All homes bought, sold or rented require an Energy Performance Certificate. They give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Save on energy bills - Community Energy Direct
Kirklees Council has joined forces with Community Energy Direct (CED) to pilot a new innovative scheme designed to help households save money on their energy bills through taking part in an assisted collective energy switching scheme. Register your interest at Community Energy Direct to cut your fuel bills, without obligation, and join thousands of other people to get a better deal.
- The collective energy tariff switch closed on Wednesday 1st May 2013
- Community Energy Direct
- Telephone: 0845 4502581
About the scheme:
- Households across Kirklees can also still join together to create a new co-operative movement, called an Energy Smart Club.
- Which? has negotiated with the energy supply companies to get the best deal.
- Average annual savings achieved by the switch are £171 per switch.
- Switch offers are currently being sent out by email or letter to all those who registered.
- Once you have received your offer, you have two weeks to decide whether to switch or not.
Kirklees is one of several local authorities and housing associations across the north of England which is working with Community Energy Direct as part of a £46m initiative from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help reduce fuel poverty, increase energy efficiency and encourage communities to come together and to switch energy provider collectively.
(A tariff is the amount of money you pay per unit of fuel)
Advice on different tariffs available, how to change supplier and other useful tips to get the best deal from your energy supplier:
Rebates and winter payments
- Winter Fuel Payment
- Warm Home Discount Scheme
- Cold Weather Payment
- Home Heat Helpline
Includes the Priority Service Register, a special service for elderly or disabled people and those living with long-term health conditions.
Utility debt support
Organisations that may be able to offer help and advice with clearing energy arrears.