Save money on your energy bills

Saving energy is good for the planet and good for your pocket. Reducing energy use at home cuts carbon emissions, the main contributor to climate change, and reduces your fuel bill. See below for a range of schemes and grants to help you achieve your energy saving goals:

  1. Local Authority Delivery (LAD) energy efficiency programme
  2. Green Homes Grant
  3. Apply for free home energy saving advice
  4. Are you eligible for a Warm Homes Discount?
  5. Warmer Sussex: Get help making your home warmer and more energy efficient
  6. Solar Together: How to purchase high quality solar panels at a competitive price
  7. Small changes, big savings: Quick tips to save home energy and cut your bills

1. Local Authority Delivery (LAD) grant funding

This scheme is currently paused for new registrations, but it will be back  later in the autumn (2021)

The Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme offers grant funding of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures  to homeowners who are on low income and living in a property with low energy performance.
Eligibility

  • Household income of up to £30,000
  • Your property has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G. These are considered low.
  • Examples of measures covered include insulation, solar panels and low carbon heating

How it works

  1. Visit the Warmer Homes website and apply online or email info@warmerhomes.org.uk
  2. The Warmer Homes team will check your eligibility and assess your property for potential measures through an Energy Performance Certificate
  3. Following your assessment and eligibility check, an installer will arrange for a survey of your home
  4. Your new energy efficiency measures will be installed free of charge

Apply for funding

2. Apply for free energy saving advice

If you're struggling to pay your heating bills, or worried about how you might pay them whilst keeping warm, we can help. Working with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) we can offer a free energy advice to eligible people. If you're on a low income or have a long term health condition you could qualify. To find out more, including how to to apply, click the button below to visit the LEAP website and apply. This scheme is now back open following a pause due to Covid-19. Revisions are in place to ensure safety of both applicants and energy advisers.

Apply for a Leap home visit

3. Warm Homes Discount

The Warm Home Discount is £140 credit applied to your electricity bill. If you are receiving pension credit you will receive the Warm Home Discount automatically. You can also apply to your energy company if you are on a low income, or struggle to pay your energy bills and ask if you are eligible. Park Home (mobile home) residents who buy their electricity from a site owner can also apply for the Warm Home Discount by visiting Charis Grants.com

The scheme officially opens on 18 October 2021, but some energy companies are taking applications now. This discount is allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, including eligibility and how to apply, visit 
gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

4. Warmer Sussex: Get help making your home warmer and more energy efficient

We are working with Warmer Sussex, a not-for-private-profit cooperative, to offer a one-stop-shop for Sussex residents in their journey to a warm, healthy and energy efficient home. Warmer Sussex offer support from start to finish to improve people’s home energy efficiency. You will get a tailored plan which assesses homes as a whole. They then find trusted contractors to complete the work, and ensure all work undertaken meets quality standards.  All contractors become members of our cooperative with the option of becoming Trustmark registered.
Find out more

Free webinars for Sussex homeowners

These free webinars, hosted via Zoom, are aimed at Sussex homeowners who want a warm and healthy home, are not sure where to start with energy efficiency improvements, and would like to know more about what they could do.

  • Home retrofit: heating and powering your home
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Retrofit
  • Home retrofit: where to start with insulating and ventilating your home

Watch the recorded webinars 

5. Solar Together

Would you like to install solar panels on your home? Horsham District Council is teaming up with councils across Sussex and group-buying experts, iChoose, as part of 'Solar Together Sussex'.  This is a new scheme, which offers homeowners the opportunity to purchase high quality solar panels at a competitive price. The September 2021 scheme has now closed for registrations. Further details and future registrations will be available on the Solar Together website .

6. Green Homes Grant  - now closed

The Government's Green Homes Grant scheme closed at 5pm on 31 March 2021. All Vouchers issued up until that date will be be valid.

Please visit the Government Simple Energy Advice website to look at other energy saving options. 
You can also call them on 0800 444202.

7. Small changes, big savings

Make these small changes to save energy and cut your bills.

  • Close the curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping
  • Draught proof windows and doors, but avoid blocking air bricks and ventilation points
  • Switch off lights if you’re the last one out
  • Avoid leaving appliances on standby, and turn off chargers when not in use
  • Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements of electric kettles)
  • Fill up washing machines and dishwashers and avoid half loads when you can
  • Washing lines and airers are cheaper than tumble driers. If drying clothes inside, open a window (even if for a short while) to let the moisture out
  • If you feel too warm, try turning your thermostat down by 1°C rather than opening window. Please don't let yourself be cold, it is harmful to your health.

National Energy Action has a great website full of hints and tips on saving energy and avoiding damp and condensation.