Energy efficiency advice
If your home isn't energy efficient, it is costing you money and wasting energy.
There are a number of ways you can reduce energy use in your home and save money on your bills:
- Change your energy tariff - register for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme
- Sign up to a bulk buying scheme for heating oil
- Check if there is any help to pay your bill
- Understand your bill and consider having a smart meter installed
- Check your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you home has one
- Insulate your home - loft, cavity wall or solid wall insulation
- Upgrade an old boiler and heating controls
- Install draught-proofing
- Replace windows and doors
- Buy energy efficient appliances
There are a number of online sources of useful information on energy efficiency:
Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme helps residents use their combined buying power to join together to negotiate better deals for gas and electricity and save money on their bills.
Community Lincs bulk oil buying scheme aims to save members money by bringing communities together to make the most of their joint buying power so reducing the price of oil and passing the benefit on to the scheme's members.
Solid Fuel Association can advise on the use and benefits of solid fuel.
Citizens Advice can advise you if you are struggling to pay your bills including benefits that you may be able to apply for. Other information includes how to read your meter, understanding your bill, information on prepayment and smart meters and how to make a complaint to your energy supplier.
Energy Saving Trust can give you information on all aspects of energy efficiency including insulation, heating systems, smart meters and energy efficient appliances.
Simple Energy Advice has information on energy efficiency and grants, including the Energy Company Obligation. It also has information specifically for landlords and for tenants.
Gov.UK grant finder can provide information on financial assistance and grants that may be available to you, including the Energy Company Obligation.
The Energy Company Obligation is a grant for energy saving improvements such as insulation and heating. For more information and to check if you are eligible, visit either the Gov.UK grant finder or the Simple Energy Advice websites. Alternatively, you can call your own energy supplier as they may also have offers you can apply for. Your energy supplier's contact details will be on your last bill.
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