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Energy grants

Energy costs are rising and the number of people in Derbyshire struggling with heating their homes will increase. There are many households who will need additional help to reduce their fuel bills and increase the energy efficiency of their homes.


Keeping an eye on your fuel costs

If you're looking to switch energy supplier, Ofgem provides impartial advice about how to switch. Further information and advice are available from Everybody's Talking About Climate Change which also has contact details for district and borough councils.

If you rent your home, your landlord can't charge you for gas or electricity if you pay your supplier directly. Your landlord can only charge you for gas or electricity if your tenancy agreement says they can. Citizens Advice Bureau has more information on what your landlord can charge you for energy.

Around 35% of Derbyshire households don't have mains gas and often rely on heating oil to keep their houses warm. These households can join Rural Action Derbyshire's Community Oil Buying Scheme which bulk buys oil and helps spread the cost across the year. For more information please email: oil@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk or tel: 01629 592970.

Smart meters are gradually being installed in all households in the UK. These give you very detailed information about the energy you're using and the costs and can automatically send this information to your gas and electricity suppliers. Ofgem has more information about whether a smart meter might work for you as well as links to other useful websites such as the Citizens Advice information on getting a smart meter installed.

Energy grants and schemes

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), big energy suppliers have to provide financial help for householders to have energy efficiency work done. This could be installing a more efficient boiler, loft or cavity wall insulation.

For more information see Everybody's Talking About Climate Change.

Energy support and keeping your home warm

Energy bills are rising rapidly, and this will have a big impact on your household finances.

Help with paying bills

Get advice from the government about how to improve your energy efficiency.

Citizens Advice have a dedicated section on their website for support with paying your energy bills and income maximisation.

Marches Energy Agency works to help support anyone struggling to pay energy bills and also households wanting to improve their energy efficiency.

The Big Difference Scheme can help with water bills.

Severn Trent offer ideas to help you save water with Get Water Fit.

If you're a keen gardener then why not consider putting water butts in place to collect rain water. This saves money and is better for the garden too. We work in partnership to offer reasonably priced water butts.

Energy efficiency

Get advice on how you can reduce the amount of energy you use and save some money.

The Simple Energy Advice website also has lots of information about energy efficiency grants, keeping your home warm and lowering your bills.

Keeping your home warm

Staying healthy, warm and well in winter is important. We've put together a comprehensive guide containing all you need to know to keep yourself warm and well. There's a wide range of information on council, health, voluntary and community services across Derbyshire.

There's lots of advice about how to keep your home warm.

Derbyshire and Derby residents looking for impartial advice and practical tips on how to stay warm at home and cut their energy usage can call the 'Warmer Derby and Derbyshire' service free of charge tel: 0800 677 1332.

The Healthy Home project offers people with a long-term health condition help with cold homes. The project helps improve home insulation and heating to keep your home warm and you healthy. To find out if you're eligible for the project email healthy.home@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 536919.

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.

If you were born on or before 26 September 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment.

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you're getting certain benefits. You'll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below over 7 consecutive days. If you're eligible, you'll get paid automatically.