Energy saving in the home
An energy efficient home:
- could save you as much as £500 a year on your energy bills
- is easier and cheaper to keep warm and free from draughts
- reduces the risk of respiratory illness, including asthma
- makes it easier to control the temperature and prevent overheating
- is easier to keep free of condensation, damp and mould
Energy saving tips
Cutting energy costs isn't just about cheaper tariffs. The main way to save during the current energy crisis is to use less. See if you can adopt any of the easy methods to save energy at moneysavingexpert.com
There are some grey areas with saving energy, and a lot of disputed claims. This Energy mythbusters guide looks at these in more detail
This useful video shows you how to adjust the flow temperature on your combi boiler to save energy and money all year round.
A team of trained energy advisers can give free energy efficiency advice that will help you stay warmer and healthier in your home. Contact the Warm and Well advice line on 0800 500 3076 - a freephone line that runs 9am to 5pm each weekday. Here you can speak at length to a home energy advisor to describe your circumstances, your living arrangements, your energy consumption and get tailored advice (and possibly grant options) to reduce that consumption. The Warm and Well website is also full of guides and resources to help improve energy efficiency in the home
Top ten tips for saving energy in the home from the SWEA Warm and Well team
Help and support
If you're feeling overwhelmed by home energy and need an advocate on your side, email the Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) at email@example.com to arrange a confidential appointment
National Energy Action (NEA) - the UK's leading fuel poverty charity offer advice and support via a free webchat service
If you are struggling to pay your bills, Citizens Advice can offer guidance and support
In February 2022 the government announced support to help households with rising energy bills including a one-off £150 energy rebate payment to council tax payers in bands A-D
For more information and advice on the availability of grants or discounts on insulation work to your home, contact the Severn Wye Energy Advice Centre on 0800 500 3076. The centre manages the Warm and Well scheme on behalf of all the district councils in Gloucestershire.
The council's energy efficiency strategy seeks to bring about significant improvements in Cheltenham, recognising the threat posed by global warming and the need to manage limited resources in a more sustainable manner.
Energy company obligation: Help to heat
Local authority flexible eligibility statement of intent
The local authorities of Gloucestershire welcome the introduction of Flexible Eligibility (FE) and intend to use it to reduce fuel poverty in the area.