Energy saving and affordable warmth
The Affordable Warmth Network
Supports residents who are at risk of fuel poverty (where a large amount of income is going on heating the home), and provides access to available grants and loans, and advice to anyone wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
Call 0800 1070044 for free, impartial advice on:
- The latest grants and loans for home improvements (including the 'Green Deal' scheme)
- Loft and wall insulation
- Switching to a lower cost energy supplier
- How to deal with unpaid fuel bills
- Claiming the benefits you are entitled to
- Support organisations within the area
- Energy efficiency to keep bills down
Insulate your home
As well as the Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network, information about insulation can also be found from the National Insulation Association.
The Cocoon Service is now closed for new home insulation referrals. However, if you are an existing customer and have a query, please leave a message on the Cocoon line on 01908 688923.
Grants to keep homes warm this winter
Now that winter is here, if you're struggling to keep your home warm, we want to help.
Funding from the Department of Health is helping to fund a number of 'Warm Homes, Healthy People' project elements across Oxfordshire. More information can be found from the United Sustainable Energy Agency, or by calling 0800 1070044.
You may be eligible for a voucher to help you cover heating bills, additional benefits, a grant for insulation, draught-proofing or upgrade to your heating system or controls, or free membership to an oil bulk-buying scheme! Please call 0800 107 0044 for more information.
Additionally, we are offering a grant for residents who struggle to keep their homes warm through the winter.
The grant is specifically for households that are claiming benefits, who are over 60 or those with a disability, that are finding it financially difficult to carry out essential repairs to keep their homes warm.
Grants of £500 are available to help pay for work, including:
- Draft proofing doors and windows
- Secondary glazing
- Replacing loft hatches with insulated hatches
- Clearing lofts to allow them to be insulated
- Installing improved heater controls, such as thermostatic radiator valves
The work is carried out by our Home Improvement Agency Small Repair Service, who can also help you with a range of property repairs.
We also offer Flexible Home Improvement Loans for essential home repairs.
Terms and conditions apply, so to find out if you are eligible, contact the Home Improvement Agency on 01993 861000, or see: www.westoxon.gov.uk/HIA
Energy monitors to loan
Find out which household appliances are using more energy and therefore more money by borrowing one of our energy monitors.
Drop into our Town Centre Shop on Welch Way, Witney to borrow a monitor for up to two weeks for a £10 refundable deposit. Alternatively call 01993 861000 for more details.
For more energy advice
The Energy Saving Trust offer a range of energy saving tips, information on grants and information on buying energy saving products. Their home energy check could save you hundreds of pounds a year through energy efficiency.
Take the online home energy check or