Energy efficiency advice
If your home isn't energy efficient, it is costing you money and wasting energy.
As a Local Energy Authority, Boston Borough Council gives free advice and information about a range of cost effective ways to reduce domestic energy usage.
You could save you up to £140 per year off your heating bills by installing loft insulation, and £160 by installing cavity wall insulation. (based on a typical semi-detached house. Source: Energy Saving Trust, 2015)
There are a number of sources of useful information on energy efficiency:
The Energy Saving Trust can give you information on all aspects of energy efficiency including financial assistance for energy improvements through the Energy Company Obligation - in some cases, insulation can be fitted for free. They can also advise on renewable energy.
Citizens Advice - Energy can advise you if you are struggling to pay your bills
Solid Fuel Association can advise on the use and benefits of solid fuel, including
Alternatively, you can call your own energy supplier as they may also have offers you can apply for. Your energy provider's contact details will be on your last bill.
The Home Energy Lincs Partnership
The Home Energy Lincs Partnership (HELP) includes the seven district councils and the County Council and consists of officers who are involved with the domestic energy efficiency and/or the wider climate change agenda. Working together, the partnership allows us to offer a more consistent approach to delivering affordable warmth and domestic energy efficiency to Lincolnshire residents.
HELP focuses its attentions on schemes and projects that promote and improve domestic energy efficiency and co-ordinates its actions with the wider climate change agenda. In 2009, HELP developed the Lincolnshire Affordable Warmth Strategy 2010 - 2016 with stakeholders throughout the county. This is currently being revised.
For more details on the Affordable Warmth Strategy, see Related links.
Energy Company Obligation
Financial assistance for energy saving improvements such as insulation and heating is available through the main energy suppliers. For more information, see Related articles or contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234.
Oil Buying Schemes
These schemes encourage householders to join together to order oil, with efficient deliveries resulting in savings for householders. The Citizens Advice Bureau offer guidance on how communities can co-ordinate this initiative. Community Lincs have also established a countywide Bulk Oil Buying scheme. Please see Useful links for further information.
Struggling to pay your energy bills?
If you are struggling to pay your energy bills or get a bill you cannot afford, you should take steps to sort out the problem as soon as possible. Work out how much you can afford to pay and then contact your energy supplier for help. If you need guidance on how to work out how much you can afford to pay, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
A range of leaflets providing energy saving advice are available in Related documents below to view or download.
For more information on energy efficiency visit the Energy Saving Trust website - see Useful links.
If your energy bills are high, you may wish to consider switching to another energy supplier, who may offer you a more competitive tariff. Citizens Advice have some useful guidance on how to choose and switch suppliers and how to compare prices. Ofgem also have some specific advice for tenants who wish to switch suppliers. See Useful links for more details.
The Home Energy Lincs Partnership has developed a Collective Energy Switching scheme for all Lincolnshire residents. The idea is that when a large group of people want to switch gas or electricity energy supplier or both at the same time, collectively they can negotiate a better energy tariff. For more information, see Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme in Related articles.
More information will be available on this website when it becomes available.
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The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.