Energy efficiency

Home energy grants and information

Slough's warm home project 2018

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

There is help available under the ECO scheme, supporting the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas, and in properties that are harder to treat.

Slough Borough Council is working in partnership with Aran Services to provide FREE* and partially funded loft and/or cavity wall insulation.

Insulating your home’s roof space or walls are some of the easiest things you can do to improve your home and reduce your fuel bills, with many homes saving up to £360*.

Aran Services' FREE* home energy assessment can identify energy saving improvements that can save you money, and make your home energy efficient. We will also identify how much grant funding may be available to you. Up to 100%* grant funding is now available.

Everyone is entitled to a grant regardless of income. People living in certain areas, or in receipt of a qualifying benefit may receive higher levels of grant funding.

Contact Aran Services Ltd to book your free no obligation home assessment on 01284 812520 or 0800 5877795, or fill in our enquiry form found via their home page at: www.aranservices.co.uk.

*Where the loft has 50mm existing insulation it is free of charge - subject to calculated carbon savings achieved from the completed insulation. Prices start from £199 where more than 50mm of loft insulation is existing. All offers are subject to standard terms and conditions found at: www.aranservices.co.uk.

You can find more detailed information about the scheme on the ofgem website at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/eco.

Help to reduce your fuel bill

Cold weather payments

You may get a cold weather payment if you get certain benefits. Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

The gov.uk website has further details on cold weather payments.

Winter fuel payments

You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1952. This is known as a winter fuel payment.

Most payments are usually made automatically between November and December if you get the state pension or another social security benefit (not housing benefit, council tax reduction or child benefit).

The gov.uk website has further details on winter fuel payments.

Warm home discount scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2017 to 2018 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The money isn’t paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September 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.

The discount won’t affect your cold weather payment or winter fuel payment.

There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

The gov.uk website has further details on the warm home discount scheme.

Fuel switching

One of the simplest ways of saving on energy bills is to switch energy supplier. Please see fuel switching.