There is a lot you can do to stay warm in your home and keep your energy bills down.
For the latest advice and grants available in West Sussex, please visit West Sussex Energy.
Support to stay warm and reduce your fuel bills
Increasing your home’s energy efficiency can make your home easier to keep warm and reduce your fuel bills. There are some grants and schemes available to support you and to increase your home’s energy efficiency:
Home energy visits available!
Residents living on a low income or vulnerable to the cold may also be eligible for a free home energy visit. You could benefit from tailor made energy saving advice in your home and you could have FREE simple energy saving measures such as LED’s and draught proofing fitted. LEAP is available to all housing tenures, Owner occupied, private and socially rented homes.
As part of your LEAP visits you could access additional community schemes including:
- Warmer Homes – First time central heating grants with gas connection funding. Tenants and owner occupied.
- HEART – replacement white good scheme – Apply through the LEAP services
- ECHO (Emergency Central Heating Offer) – provides emergency response assistance to qualifying households to repair or replace broken or condemned boilers. Apply through the LEAP services. Funding is limited and may be withdrawn once the scheme has created capacity.
Visit the LEAP webpage for the most up to date information.
Low income grants
In partnership with other local authorities, we have secured funding through the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme to offer funding to support people on low incomes (under £30,000) and with low EPC ratings of E, F or G to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
To find out more information, eligibility and how to apply, please visit: https://www.warmerhomes.org.uk or call free on: 0800 038 5737.
West Sussex Local Authority Flexible scheme (LA Flex)
Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) FLEX
ECO4 Flex is part of the Government ECO4 energy efficiency and fuel poverty scheme. We are not currently running a scheme but hope to be able to do so in the future. Please check back for updates.
To see the others grant schemes available in West Sussex please visit West Sussex Energy.
The West Sussex Fuel Poverty Partnership V2.2 Statement of Intent (ECO3) was withdrawn from end of day 30 June 2022. To avoid version control issues and in accordance with BEIS guidance the Statement of Intent marked “Withdrawn” remains publicly available: SOI West Sussex Fuel Poverty Partnership V2.2 ECO 3 Withdrawn.pdf [pdf] 322KB
Community oil clubs
To help obtain lower prices, local oil clubs are forming. An oil club, or oil syndicate, is where a group of residents place an order together so they can negotiate a better price with the oil supplier.
The Energy Saving Trust has information on the benefits of renewable energy, the different options available and what to consider. Many applicants will no longer need to apply for planning permission for domestic solar panels or ground source heat pumps due to changes to permitted development rights made in 2008.
For an explanation on the planning requirements view the national Planning Portal website.
Selling renewable energy
Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is an obligation set by the government for licenced electricity suppliers to offer a tariff and make payment to small scale low carbon generators for electricity exported to the national grid, providing certain criteria is met.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-for-small-scale-low-carbon-generation.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
All domestic and commercial buildings need an EPC when a property is built, sold or rented. You must arrange an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
More information can be found on the government’s webpages about buying or selling your home.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for landlords
Landlords of domestic privately rented properties cannot let or continue to let properties if they have an EPC rating below E (unless they have a valid exemption in place).
This means F and G rated properties can not be let.
Further information can be found at Minimum energy efficiency standard landlord guidance.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The scheme opens on 18 October 2021.
The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.
You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.
Find out more information, eligibility and how to apply at Warm Home Discount Scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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