There are a number of ways that we can reduce are fuel bills and make our homes more energy efficient.
Moving into a home with a Green Deal
If you are moving into a home with a Green Deal the owner or landlord must provide you with relevant information. A home with a Green Deal will have had energy-saving improvements, to help make it more energy efficient, but as the new occupier of the home you’ll need to make the repayments for the improvements through the electricity bill.
Energy Company Obligation
Households on benefits or low incomes and those who live in older properties, may qualify for extra financial assistance. The Energy Companies Obligation scheme, funded by energy suppliers aims to reduce energy consumption. Their quick guide provides you with more information and how you can find out if you may be eligible.
Cheshire Green Doctor
When money is tight, a small saving can make a huge difference. The Green Doctors can help you to keep you warm and well and save money on your bills.
Following a successful bid through the Warm Homes Fund, the Cheshire local authorities have engaged the 'Green Doctor' programme, a free service which helps people living in their own property; or renting from a private landlord, possibly suffering from Fuel Poverty and struggling at finding ways out of it.
As Green Doctors, the service will visit the property and provide support to: -
- Find a cheaper energy deal (On Direct Debit or Pre-payment meter)
- Access any grant funding, Warm Homes Discount, Insulation grants or replacement boilers.
- Applying to hardship funds for energy/water debt.
Green Doctors can also:
- provide free energy saving lightbulbs
- radiator reflector foils
- draught proofing items.
Provide advice on:
- private landlords energy performance responsibilities
- smart meters
- damp and condensation
- carbon monoxide
- the Priority Services Register.
Green Doctors have contacts that allow them to signpost you to the best services who may be able to provide you with additional support. Check out how they could help you and download their flyer