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Energy efficiency and affordable warmth

Saving Energy in Your Home

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can help:

  • the internal comfort of your home by making it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • reduce your annual energy bills.
  • reduce your carbon footprint if you are using fossil fuels to heat your home

There are many actions you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  We have produced a download of free and low-cost measures to conserve energy.

The National Energy Foundation website has advice on:

  • reducing energy bills
  • ways to save heat & fuel at home
  • switching energy suppliers
  • access to local and national grants & offers for energy efficiency home improvements
  • relieving fuel poverty
  • how to stay warm over winter 

The Energy Saving Trust also offers a source of advice on home energy improvements, including:

  • general energy saving tips and advice
  • information on available grants, and buying energy saving home appliances
  • online home energy checks which could reduce your energy bills through improving home energy efficiency

The Better Housing Better Health service

We are committed to supporting residents vulnerable to fuel poverty and cold homes. In partnership with the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and other Oxfordshire Local Authorities we have developed the Better Housing Better Health service. This service aims to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty and provides access to impartial energy advice and free home energy visits. These are called Warm and Well assessments.

The NEF also help people on a low income to get grants for energy efficiency and heating improvements in their homes. This winter we are providing additional funding support for energy improvements to the people who need it most. Contact the Better Housing Better Health service to find out whether you are eligible for our fuel poverty grant. You may be able to get a grant if you:

  • have a long term health condition
  • are in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • are over the age of 60
  • live in an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) F or G banded property
  • are eligible for other schemes operated by Better Housing Better Health.

Download our Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Statement of Intent.

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is a project set up with UK Government funding to provide homeowner and landlords advice on how to carry out energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. They can also help homeowners and landlords maximise the value of the Government’s new Green Homes Grant. There are vouchers for two thirds of the cost of home energy-efficiency and retrofit improvements up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for low income households).

Visit the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire website for more information and contact details.