On this page you can find information about how to save energy and money, and keep warm at home.
You can also find a lot of useful information on the Government’s web pages:
Learn about the latest work being done by the Derby Home Energy Advice Team to help households to reduce their energy consumption - and energy bills
Read about what we've done recently to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty
Here are some tips to help you get the best deal from your current energy supplier:
If you have considered all of the tips above and decide that you would like to switch your energy supplier then there are various price comparison sites that you can visit. One useful price comparison site is the Consumer Council Energy Price Comparison Tool website.
Consumer Focus also offers information and guidance on what to consider when thinking of changing your energy supplier. You can find this information on the Consumer Focus website.
We are also part of the Ready to Switch scheme.
Using energy efficiently at home is important as it will:
Here are a few tips to help you to save energy in your home:
Source: Energy Saving Trust website - all statistics correct as of November 2013.
For more tips to help you save energy in the home, download our energy saving tips leaflet.
The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO)*
The Green Deal provides finance to carry out home energy efficiency improvements which are then repaid through your energy bill. The charge is attached to the electricity meter and remains with the property even when there are new occupants. The Green Deal 'Golden Rule' means the repayments you make in the first year shouldn’t exceed the expected savings. Energy saving improvements can include: insulation (such as loft or cavity wall insulation); heating, draught-proofing, double glazing and renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind turbines.
*The green deal has now closed and no further loans will be offered. Existing loans should not be affected. Please contact the energy saving service on 0300 123 1234 if you have paid for an assessment or have any green deal related questions.
Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF)*
This was a voucher scheme open to home-owners and those in the private rental sector. It offered funding towards the cost of different energy efficiency measures, including Solid Wall Insulation.
*The green deal home improvement voucher fund has now closed. Any applications received up to the time of the announcement at 6.30om on 25 July will be honoured at the original cashback rates.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The Energy Company Obligation offers help from the energy companies* for;
To find out if you qualify for assistance, please contact your energy company directly or call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123123 or visit the government's website.
If you are 60 years of age or over then you may be entitled to extra help with your energy bills. Here are a few schemes to look at:
The Winter Fuel Payment is a yearly payment to help people aged 60 and over with the costs of keeping warm. The amount you will get depends on your circumstances.
For more information, call the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 915 1515, or 0845 601 5613 for minicom users.
The main energy suppliers in England are offering a rebate of £135 off the electricity bills of households which receive Guaranteed Pension Credit.
Some of the energy suppliers also offer this to other vulnerable customers in receipt of other income related benefits. For more information, please call your energy supplier directly. Find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Energy suppliers are obliged to offer a range of free services, known as the priority services register, to their most vulnerable customers. These services are free to join and are available from all mains gas and electricity suppliers.
The scheme is available to all household gas and electricity consumers who:
Please note there are some free services that you can only get if you are receiving a means-tested or income-tested benefit. For more information visit the Citizens Advice website - Your energy supply.
It is important for your health that you keep yourself and your home warm during winter. Here are some tips to help keep you warm:
For more more advice on keeping warm during the winter, visit the NHS's Keep warm, keep well webpage.