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Grants and assistance for householders

There are a number of initiatives and grants available to help householders through the colder months.

Keeping your home warm

By insulating your home you could save up to £500 per year on your heating bill. Uninsulated cavity walls lose approx. 35% of the heat, by insulating the walls you could save up to £250 per year, cavity wall insulation also keeps your home cooler in the summer.

Similarly 25% of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof, by installing 270mm of loft insulation savings of £265 could be made every year.

For further information please contact the Sustainability Team on 01799 510511 or email You may also wish to contact your own energy provider.

Heating oil

If you heat your home by oil, you are likely to make significant savings by joining an Oil Club.  By placing your order with other residents, you are buying in bulk and therefore savings are made with the delivery costs.

Further information can be found by visiting the following sites:   

Energy efficiency in listed buildings

Listed and other historic or traditional buildings often present unique challenges when it comes to improving energy efficiency. The Council has produced a simple guide to the measures usually possible, and if or when listed building consent will be required to do them. There are also links to further information.

Private landlords/tenants

The Landlords' Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) means landlords can make up to a £1,500 per building deduction on the tax on their profits equivalent to the value of energy-saving measures implemented in their properties. This includes solid wall insulation and draught-proofing.

Home Heat Helpline

Tel: 0800 33 66 99

The Home Heat Helpline is a free, central phone number offering practical advice for people concerned about paying their energy bills. It is staffed by experts who can give advice on grants and how to save money on your heating bills by making your home more energy efficient.

Further advice

The Energy Saving Trust is a national organisation supported by the Government to promote and provide independent advice on domestic energy efficiency including homes and private transport.

You can call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

The council also supports a community organisation called the Sustainable Homes Network which provides useful examples of 'green homes' and other information. It is free to join:


Additional information

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Contact the Sustainability Team

Tel: 01799 510510
Email: Climate Change