Improve your energy efficiency

Domestic properties account for nearly 30 per cent of overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Reducing carbon emissions not only helps tackle the climate emergency but can also save you money through simple changes to become more energy efficient in your home.

Many households can make worthwhile savings with little or no need to pay for improvements, for example by ensuring:

  • heating system timers are set up properly
  • thermostats are set at the lowest comfortable temperature
  • combi boiler flow temperatures are minimised.

Inexpensive items such as radiator foil and LED bulbs also pay back very quickly in reduced energy bills, as does turning off lights and appliances like televisions when not in use.

Visit GOV.UK for more energy saving tips to save you money.

Mencap have also produced an easy read guide how to save energy and money at home (PDF, 1.55MB).

Support with your energy bills

For advice about how you can save money on your bills, visit our help with gas, electricity and water support page.

Energy efficiency advice for H&F residents

The largest energy and carbon savings require upfront investment in technologies such as insulation and solar panels.

The schemes in this guide can help some households with the upfront costs.

Funding is available for retrofit work through a range of schemes, primarily targeted at low-income homes and homes below EPC band C.

In the private sector, it is the landlord’s responsibility to improve tenanted properties to at least EPC E under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

Failure to do so will result in enforcement measures being taken.