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Energy efficiency advice

As fuel bills continue to rise more and more people are focusing on energy efficiency within the home. We are committed to helping our residents reduce their fuel bills, keep warmer through the winter months and reduce our borough’s carbon emissions.

We work with our partners and energy suppliers to provide concise information and advice on energy efficiency initiatives which have been developed for low income or vulnerable customers. This includes cost saving tariffs that is delivered through the council’s Energy Efficiency Advice Service.

Making your home more energy efficient will reduce your annual fuel bills. In addition, by using less energy you will automatically produce less carbon, which is good for the environment. Follow these 3 simple steps to start saving:

  • Replace your energy wasting appliances in your home (heating, lighting, kettle etc.) with energy efficient alternatives.
  • Insulate your home with loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draught proofing.
  • It is also important to consider how much you are paying to heat your home. The Dudley energy advice can compare your tariff with other provider's to get the best price. Contact the service on 01384 817086 for help and advice with switching to a better tariff.

The link between ill health and fuel poverty has been clearly established. A cold indoor environment increases the incidence of ill health such as respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, and strokes are all exacerbated by the cold. We are committed to helping our residents achieve affordable warmth by highlighting grants and discount schemes and offering advice on energy efficiency. See below for advice on these schemes.

Dudley's Big Switch- Save Money On Your Energy Bills

Dudley’s Big Switch is a collective energy switching scheme designed to bring communities together to secure discounted tariffs from energy providers.

Winter Warmth Support Scheme

The Winter Warmth Support Scheme The scheme aims to help keep vulnerable people warm, well and in touch during the winter. Anyone concerned about getting cold themselves, or worried about a friend, relative or neighbour can call and request assistance.

Grants and discount schemes

There are a number of grants and discount schemes available to homeowners, private tenants and private landlords which can help to make homes more energy efficient. These include helping with such things as new boilers, cavity wall and loft insulation, and draught proofing the home.

For free impartial advice on energy saving and what could be available to you contact Dudley’s Energy Advice Service free on 01384 817086.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy comes from naturally available sources, such as the sun, wind, water and plants. By exploiting renewable energy few, if any harmful emissions are produced and the rate at which the world limited energy sources are used is reduced. The government is proposing that10% of UK electricity needs should be met by renewables by the end of 2010 and some 205 by 2020.

We can all make a real difference by considering installing solar water heating, solar electricity or even a mini wind turbine. Alternatively, choose a green electricity tariff. The Energy Saving Trust has lots of information and advice on renewable energy sources on its website.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations in England and Wales

With the introduction of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations in 2014, after 2016, private landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse requests from tenants for energy efficiency improvements where financial support is available from national and local schemes.

From April 2018 it will be unlawful to grant a tenancy of a private property with an EPC rating of below E unless an exemption applies. Landlords will only be able to rely on an exemption if they have registered it on the PRS Exemptions Register. The Exemptions Register will not be available for landlords to register until 1st October 2017.

Energy Company Obligation

Currently, the only Government programme that assists households to upgrade the energy efficiency of their property is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The ECO was launched in 2013 and is currently in its second obligation period, which is due to end on 31st March 2017. The Government Spending Review 2015 announced plans for a supplier obligation to run for 5 years from April 2017 at an estimated level of £640m per year. The proposed scheme will be the primary vehicle through which Government would meet its manifesto commitment to insulate a million more homes over this Parliament, support its commitment to tackle fuel poverty, whilst making progress towards carbon budgets.

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017-2018, local councils are able to set their own eligibility criteria for funding for energy efficiency improvements to privately owned homes. This funding has to be aimed at those residents who are at the most risk of living in fuel poverty.
Details of Dudley’s criteria these can be found in our statement of intent below.
Please note that the final decision on whether funding is available to individual households will be made by the energy suppliers and is based on the following factors:

  • the survey carried out and installation costs

  • the energy savings that can be achieved by having the work done

  • whether suppliers have funding available at the time of application