The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995
Local Authorities are well placed to assess the needs of their residents and areas and to act as catalysts for change. The HECA 1995 recognises Local Authorities' ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation of all tenures in their areas.
Richmondshire District Council in partnership with York, Hambleton, Ryedale and Selby Councils worked with Yorkshire Energy Partnership to produce HECA plans for each area.The Richmondshire plan sets out the energy conservation measures that the Council considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvements in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in the District.
Rural Action Yorkshire – Winter Weather Scheme
Help with keeping your home warm
Rising fuel costs are making it increasingly difficult for many people to keep their homes at a reasonable temperature. If you are finding it hard to keep warm and are spending more than 10% of your income on fuel costs them it may be worthwhile seeing if you can get help to reduce your bills. Here are some useful tips on how to save energy and cut your fuel bills:-
- Changing your fuel tariff or supplier so that your per-unit price is lower
- This is not as complicated as it might seem and could save you money. Find out more by clicking Switching Energy Suppliers. Paying energy bills by direct debit or using an online tariff can also save you money.
- From November 2013, Richmondshire residents will be able to take advantage of a local energy tariff supplied by Green Energy UK. The tariff will be cheaper than the regional electricity supplier standard tariff which more than 60% of households in the region are on.
- For further details about the tariff and how to switch, please contact Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 545020 (local rate).
- Changing how you use energy in the home
- The Energy Saving Trust website has useful information on how to save energy in the home and cutting the cost of fuel bills. You can find out more by clicking tips to reduce your bills.
- Increasing the energy efficiency of your home through insulation or heating improvements
- Good levels of insulation trap heat in your home like a blanket. It includes loft, cavity wall, solid wall and floor insulation, as well as draught-proofing. The right amount of insulation in your home can lower your energy bills by £300 a year.
- We work with Yorkshire Energy Partnership to help residents access grants and discounts that are available for energy efficiency improvements to homes. They can also offer free, impartial advice on the range of help that is available to you depending on your circumstances as well as expert advice on how to reduce fuel bills and keep your home warm.
- To speak to an advisor, please contact Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 545020 (local rate) or click here to visit their website.
- Carillion Energy Services are offering free A-rated gas boilers to replace old inefficient boilers to homeowners and tenants in privately rented accommodation. To qualify, you must be in receipt of certain income related benefits. The scheme is being funded through the Government's Energy Company Obligation initiative. For further details, click here or call Carillion Energy Services on 0800 408 7651 and quote 'ECO-005'.
Check that you are receiving any benefits that you may qualify for. Our Benefits page has information on Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit and how to claim. You can also use benefits checker to see if there are other benefits that you may be entitled to.
Fuel debt - avoiding and advice
If you have built up a fuel debt and are having difficulty paying for it, in the first instance try talking honestly with your energy company. They may be able to help you by spreading the payments or changing your tariff. They have an obligation to consider your situation fairly, taking into account your ability to pay and suggesting a suitable way forward.
The Citizens Advice Bureau have put together a detailed set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on gas and electricity bills.
The Home Heat Helpline is a free phone service which helps vulnerable energy customers who are worried about their fuel bills. The Helpline assists people to access further information, schemes and services that will help manage energy costs. To get in touch with The Home Heat Helpline please click here or call 0800 33 66 99.
Oil clubs run in rural locations where many homes are without mains gas. They are organised by groups of local people who agree to purchase heating oil in bulk together, meaning they take advantage of a lower oil price per unit.
If there isn't an oil club in your community and you are interested in starting one or finding out how they work, please contact Ruth Collins at Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 545020.
Contacts and Links
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