Help at hand to keep you warm and help tackle climate change this winter
Temperatures are falling as autumn kicks in so there’s never been a better time to make your home warmer while saving money and cutting carbon emissions.
Home energy retrofit is a Council priority as part of its commitment to taking climate action in West Oxfordshire.
We work with our partner organisation, the National Energy Foundation (NEF), to ensure residents have access to information on home energy efficiency and heating improvements as well as grants.
This is done through the Better Housing Better Health service available to residents.
This service aims to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty and provides access to impartial energy advice and free home energy visits known as Warm and Well assessments.
The NEF also helps people on low incomes to obtain grants for energy efficiency and heating improvements in their homes.
This winter the Council will be providing additional funding support for energy improvements to the people in West Oxfordshire who need it most. Contact the Better Housing Better Health service to find out whether you are eligible for our fuel poverty grant.
You may be able to receive a grant if you:
- Have a long-term health condition
- Are in receipt of a means-tested benefit
- Are over the age of 60
- Live in an Energy Performance Certificate F or G banded property
- Are eligible for other schemes operated by Better Housing Better Health
Take a look at the NEF’s Warmer This Winter campaign, for more information on making energy-efficiency improvements to your home. You can also find out how to apply for a voucher under the Government’s recently launched Green Homes Grant.
For residents or landlords who need advice on how to make energy efficiency and heating improvements to their properties, the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire initiative can provide a home improvement plan.
It can also help maximise the value of the UK Government’s green homes grant voucher scheme. See https://cosyhomesoxfordshire.org/green-homes-grant/ for more details.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “There is plenty of advice and grants available for residents looking to make their homes warmer, as well as cutting carbon emissions.
“Heating your home effectively doesn’t have to cost the earth and we are here to help residents with the access to the best advice, how to go about it and also access to grants for home energy retrofit.”
West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team
Notes to editors
The Council has a public-facing Climate Action Network and database of people looking to engage with the Council’s work on Climate Action. If you would like to add your details to this database, please email: Climate.Action@westoxon.gov.uk
Ideas for low-cost measures to stay warm and save energy this winter can be downloaded from our website here: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment/climate-action/energy-efficiency-and-affordable-warmth/