Being energy efficient not only helps the environment, but can reduce energy bills and benefit your health.
Home energy advice, grants and funding
It is important to be warm and comfortable in your home. Low temperatures can make existing health issues worse and the colder your home is, the greater the risk of you becoming ill.
You can make some simple changes to your home that will ensure you are warmer and more comfortable and your energy bills are lower. See the Warm Homes Advice Booklet for information and tips, or visit First Contact Plus, where Leicestershire residents can benefit from tailored advice by telephone, email and post and in some cases a home visit by the Warm Homes Officer, for support with:
- Checking energy tariffs – are you paying more than you need to on your energy bills?
- Grants for heating and insulation measures
- Energy debt management and help to clear it
- Checking heating and hot water controls
- Understanding your properties Energy Performance Certificate
- Accessing subsidies offered by your energy supplier
- Support for vulnerable residents
Energy efficiency standards in private rented properties
Landlords must provide a current energy performance certificate (EPC) for each property they let. The EPC will show an energy efficiency rating for the energy performance of a home, similar to the ratings now displayed in shops on refrigerators and washing machines.
The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations set a minimum energy efficiency level for domestic private rented properties. Since April 2020, landlords can no longer let or continue to let properties covered by the MEES Regulations if they have an EPC rating below E, unless they have a valid exemption in place.
Landlords who do not comply with the new regulations risk being fined up to £4,000.
For more information, general guidance on EPCs and details of the exemptions and how to register and exemption, please visit:
For more advice on energy efficiency
- Contact Warm Homes for advice on grants and benefits that you might be entitled to and saving money on your energy bills (0116) 3054286
- The Citizens Advice Bureau - Advice in many areas including energy supply, recommendations when switching suppliers and reading your meter or understanding your bill 08444 111444
- The Pension Service - If you get the State Pension, then you may be entitled to Winter Fuel Payments 08459 151515
- Carbon Trust - Helps business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies 0800 085 2005
- Energy grants calculator - Find out if you are eligible for help with your energy bills or to make your home more energy efficient.
- Tenants' energy efficiency improvements provisions - guidance for domestic landlords and tenants - Guidance for tenants, landlords and others with an interest in domestic private rented property on part two of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015.
- Comparethemarket.com have featured 21 useful tips to save on energy bills during coronavirus.
Last updated: Tue 10th August, 2021 @ 13:26