Home energy efficiency
Making your home more energy efficient has a variety of benefits. It will not only help to reduce your carbon footprint, which is a crucial step in helping to tackle the climate emergency, but it could save you hundreds of pounds on your bills and help you to keep a warmer, happier, healthier home.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC ratings) are ranked from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and are available for homes that are either rented or have been sold in the past 10 years. You can find yours online through the Government website.
Approximately two thirds of Dacorum’s homes are below an EPC rating of C, which means that the majority could have improvements made to make them much more energy efficient. Take a look at the Energy Saving Trust website for advice on changes you could make.
Quick wins for energy efficiency
The Energy Savings Trust and Uswitch have also outlined a wide range of quick and easy actions that you can take today to help make your home more energy efficient - whether it is turning your thermostat down a degree, getting LED lightbulbs or turning your appliances off at the wall rather than keeping on standby.
Our energy-saving advice leaflet also has quick tips for how you can be more energy efficient at home: Energy Saving Leaflet (PDF 711KB).
There are a number of ways that you can get financial help to make your home more energy efficient:
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a Government scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Under ECO, energy suppliers fund the installation of energy-efficiency measures in British homes. The obligated energy suppliers work with installers to introduce certain efficiency measures into your home, such as loft or wall insulation, or heating measures.
What improvements can I get?
If you meet certain criteria, you could be eligible for low-cost or free home energy efficiency improvements, such as:
- Boiler replacements
- First time central heating systems
- Loft insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Under floor insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- External wall insulation
Am I eligible?
You may be able to receive ECO funding towards home energy efficiency if you meet certain eligibility criteria.
How to get ECO funding
We work in partnership with YES Energy Solutions to make it easier for households to get the help they need for ECO funding. If you think that you may be eligible, contact YES Energy Solutions.
I'm a council tenant, what help could I get?
Contact our Home Energy Conservation Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01442 228338 to discuss what options may be available for you.
Minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector
Since April 2020, all tenancies must have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy rating of E under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. The minimum standard is set to increase to an EPC energy rating of D by 2025 and C by 2030.
A home is required to have an EPC rating when it is constructed, sold or let. This is an example of an EPC. If you are letting a property, check the EPC rating in case you need to make improvements.
The Government website provides landlords with guidance on complying with the regulations.
Our grants page has more information about additional funding that may be available to you.
Home Energy Conservation Act progress report
The report provides an update on progress made since April 2019 and outlines our plans from April 2021 until March 2023.
You can contact our Home Energy Conservation Officer.at:
Telephone: 01442 228338