There is a lot you can do to stay warm in your home and keep your energy bills down.
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:
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/insulation or call free on: 0800 038 5737.
West Sussex Local Authority Flexible scheme (LA Flex)
LA Flex is an energy saving scheme and part of a national government programme called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). We are leading the scheme on behalf of all the West Sussex local authorities.
Insulation companies can approach us with applications from residents for energy saving grants for improvements such as loft and cavity wall insulation. We then confirm to the company if the householder is eligible to receive the grant.
Please view our Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent [pdf] 321KB
We are not working with any specific companies or endorsing their work, residents need to carry out their own checks to make sure they are happy before proceeding.
To find out more about the scheme, eligibility, and for a list of installers please visit: https://westsussexenergy.co.uk/heating-and-insulation-grants/la-flex-list-of-installers/
You can also email: Emma Pagett, Fuel Poverty Co-ordinator at: Affordable.firstname.lastname@example.org
New ECO installers must contact us to register before sending any applications from residents.
Free home energy visits for Arun residents
Our Arun Wellbeing Home service is in partnership with West Sussex County Council. We aim to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable which could save you money.
We support people in the Arun district who live in their own home or in privately rented accommodation and are in fuel poverty (unable to afford to keep their home adequately heated) or have health conditions affected or made worse by their cold homes.
Our qualified home energy advisor can:
- help you to improve the warmth of your home
- provide information on tariff switching
- help you to reduce energy bills
- tell you your eligibility for grants
- advise on low cost installable measures
Find out more information and how to book an appointment at Arun Wellbeing Home
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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