Saving energy and money

If you’re having works done in the property it is important you use a qualified and accredited person or company. If you’re paying for the works we advise you get at least 3 quotes as prices can vary significantly. The works you have done in your property should be covered by a guarantee or warranty. To make sure your works are eligible, use only accredited installers. Check on the Trade Accreditation Schemes list so you know what to look for.

Each type of improvement works is listed below. There are details and links under each section to show the benefit of the works and savings they will make, as well as help finding an installer and relevant Trade Accreditation Schemes. The web links direct people to the Energy Saving Trust website, a charitable organisation offering independent advice, at Energy saving trust website or phone 0300 123 1234.

Check out the energy saving quick wins to help you save more money on your energy bills.

If you are looking to do some energy efficiency improvements and/or buy the materials yourself, check with your local building suppliers and merchants for any discounts they may have available for local landlords.

There are also helpful tutorial videos on the Energy Saving Trust website showing how to carry out different works effectively.

Cavity wall and loft insulation is worth around £700 and can slice about £300 off energy bills each year. Some energy firms are offering them free to certain groups.

Some providers give insulation away to suitable homes regardless of income, while some require you to be receiving certain benefits such as pension credit. There are also schemes available for other types of insulation such as solid wall and draught proofing so it’s worth finding out what is available.

To find out the latest schemes and eligibility criteria either ring the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales) and answer a few quick questions or use this link to check the Money Saving Expert website.

Take a look at each of the links below to find out more about each of the types of works, the benefits and savings they will make. You can also see how to find an installer and the relevant Trade Accreditation Schemes and warranty guarantees to look out for. Types of energy efficiency insulation options:

The Energy Saving Trust says boilers account for about 55% of what people spend each year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. Depending on your boiler's age, a shiny new efficient one could save you up to £260/year. Together with the right heating controls you can save money and feel warm.

Some providers are offering free replacement boilers and other grants and schemes. To find out the latest schemes and eligibility criteria either ring the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales) and answer a few quick questions or use this link to check the Money Saving Expert website.

Types of energy efficiency heating and hot water system options:

If you use heating oil, have you considered joining an oil bulk buying scheme? For further information visit Community Lincs Community Oil Buying Scheme.

Some providers offer an energy fund scheme – this can include both grants to help cover energy arrears, and (sometimes) Further Assistance Payments to contribute towards things like white goods, boiler repairs or funeral costs. Apply via these links: British Gas Energy Trust / EDF Energy Trust / E.on Energy Fund / Npower Energy Fund / Scottish Power Hardship Fund.

Also see the Cheap Gas & Electricity guide.

Check out the energy saving quick wins to help you save more money on your energy bills.

Energy Companies must support households, not just their customers, to reduce their carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. This is called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and through it residents can have insulation and new boilers fitted.

To be eligible residents must be on low income benefits e.g. pension credit or tax credits. If you are eligible for ECO funding but it does not cover the full cost of installation, you may be eligible under NKDC’s Financial Assistance Policy.

The Money Saving Expert website has an up-to-date list of energy suppliers offering ECO and their eligibility criteria.

The Council do not currently have any grants or offers available for North Kesteven residents to install energy saving measures. However, residents are welcome to call our Customer Services Team or Sustainability Officer if they need support or advice on 01529 414155 or sustainnk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

The Energy Saving Trust provide free independent energy saving advice and can be contacted on 0300 123 1234 (national call rate) or energy-advice@est.org.uk. However, whilst they provide advice and can explain the ECO, they often direct callers back to their council.

In an emergency, e.g. boiler breakdown, help may be available from Responders to Warmth. They offer advice, small grants and referrals. 

Emergency assistance may be available in the form of electric oil filled radiators and electric blankets, delivered within 24 hours. Health and benefits criteria applies. Call 0845 606 4566 or visit their website.

The Lincolnshire Energy switch can help. Sign up to find out if, and how much, you could save by switching. There is no obligation to switch, but if you do it is all done for you.   

The Warm Home Discount requires the big suppliers, by law, to help vulnerable customers pay for energy. Those who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, are on a low income, and meet their energy supplier’s criteria are eligible to get a £140 rebate on energy bills this winter.

Some energy providers offer an energy fund scheme. This can include both grants to help cover energy arrears, and (sometimes) Further Assistance Payments to contribute towards things like white goods, boiler repairs or funeral costs. Apply via these links: British Gas Energy Trust / EDF Energy Trust / E.on Energy Fund / Npower Energy Fund / Scottish Power Hardship Fund.

Energy bills can be confusing. You may find the video on the Energy Saving Trust Energy Quick Wins page useful.

Estimated bills are likely to be overestimated so submit regular meter readings to your supplier.

Many use their thermostat as the on/off switch for their heating and are increasing their energy bills. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature for you. Between 18-19oC, unless you have vulnerable people in the house then set it at 20-21oC. This Energy Saving Trust video is a useful guide.

Set your heating programmer to;

  • come on an hour before you get up
  • go off an hour before you leave the house
  • come on an hour before you return home
  • go off a hour before you go to bed.

Modern boilers have an built-in function to come on by themselves if the temperature drops and pipes may freeze so there is no need to set your heating to come on for this.

This Energy Saving Trust video is a useful guide to using your boiler heating system.