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Making homes fit for the future

Published: 8 November 2022

Private homeowners across Derbyshire are being invited to take part in a public consultation to show what support they need to make their homes more energy efficient.

Together with the county’s 8 district and borough councils, we have launched the consultation to find out what local homeowners think would help them to make home improvements needed to reduce their energy use.

Steps people can take to make their homes more energy efficient range in cost and scale and can include measures such as double or triple glazing, loft insulation, solar panels and switching from a gas boiler to an air or ground source heat pump.

But while there is an initial cost to installing these measures, they can help to reduce energy bills in the long-term.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“We know that people are worried about energy bills and the rising cost of living – and there are some quick and easy things you can do to reduce the amount of energy you use at home.

“But we know that the bigger energy-efficiency projects take time, money and expertise. That’s why councils across Derbyshire are coming together to find out what support people need to reduce the amount of energy they use at home – which is better for their pocket and the environment.”

Helping residents to make their homes more energy efficient is a key priority as part of our Climate Change Strategy as between 20 to 25% of carbon emissions in Derbyshire come from housing.

We are committed to helping Derbyshire become a net zero county by 2050 in line with government targets.

Take part in the consultation The closing date is Friday 20 January 2023.

Borough and district councils are already working on a programme to improve the energy efficiency of social housing and the homes of those in fuel poverty, which is why this project will focus specifically on privately-owned housing.

For information about existing support available for private homeowners on low incomes and private landlords contact the Warmer Derby and Derbyshire helpline for free on 0800 677 1332 or email

Find information about energy costs including where to go if you need help with fuel bills and tips to reduce the amount of energy you use.