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.

Cavity wall and loft insulation can improve energy efficiency and save you money on your heating bills. Some energy firms are offering free insulation to those who qualify. To check what schemes may be available visit the Money Saving Expert website or see the section below on Support for central heating, insulation and other energy efficiency improvements.

Take a look at each of the links below to find out more about each of the type of insulation and 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.

Types of energy efficiency heating and hot water system options:

For further information on heating schemes that could be available to you, see the section below on Support for central heating, insulation and other energy efficiency improvements.

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.

If you own your own home or rent from a private landlord, and meet certain criteria, you could be eligible to have your home insulated and/or a new boiler fitted by Eon Energy. See the EON website for further details and to make an applicationYou don’t need to be an Eon customer. 

If you are an EDF energy customer, they are offering their own customers insulation and new boilers to replace broken ones. You can find out if you are eligible and request a call back on the EDF website.

NKDC Customer Services can also check if you are eligible and transfer your call straight through to the energy supplier who provides the scheme you appear eligible for. 

If you are advised that you will have to pay towards the cost of installation, and you cannot afford this, contact Customer Services again to see if you are eligible for NKDC’s Financial Assistance Policy.

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

Under our duty to try to improve housing and tackle fuel poverty, the Council is constantly working to ensure more residents access government grants, but it does not currently offer any grants itself. However, residents are always welcome to call our Customer Services Team if they need any support or advice on 01529 414155 or sustainnk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

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.

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.