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Help and Support with Saving Energy

By improving your energy efficiency and reducing your energy consumption, you can save money as well as reduce your carbon footprint.

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Whether your changes are big or small, you can find guidance and help on steps to take below. Use the Energy Efficiency Calculator for tailored advice on measures you can take to reduce your energy bills. Click on the link below to read tips on ways to make your home more efficient, from simple and free changes to long-term technologies.

 

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Take a look at the available schemes below:

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Sustainable Warmth energy grant

Sustainable Warmth is a new Government grant scheme designed to fund energy-efficiency upgrades to residents who are most likely to be impacted by the high cost of rising bills. These improvements will help residents to use less energy and spend less on their energy bills. Eligibility criteria apply, deadline for applications is 31 December 2022. Read more about the scheme here.

 

West Berkshire Energy Switch 

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The West Berkshire Energy Switch is a scheme where residents can sign up to see if they can receive cheaper energy tariffs. All energy is 100% renewable and will be available for both electric and dual fuel tariffs. Switching your energy tariffs regularly is a great way to help you save money. Auctions take place three times a year (February, May and October), although each registration period lasts much longer. You can also find information on here about the current energy price increases and what to do. Find out more about the scheme here

 

Find out about available Government grants here.

 

Could you switch to an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles (EV) are becoming more popular across the district, as well as nationwide, and can have huge benefits, including reduced fuel and running costs, and significantly contributing to reducing emissions. Check out a Cost Saving Calculator to see what you could save, or read more about electric vehicles here. You can also find out information about what the Council is doing to support EV drivers here..

 

Support and advice for your energy bills

Energy Bills Support Scheme discount

The Government announced a £400 discount to eligible households to help with their energy bills over winter 2022 to 2023. The discount will be applied automatically to your monthly household electricity bill for 6 months starting in October 2022. You'll get the discount monthly, even if you pay for your energy quarterly or use a payment card. Find out more information here. 

If you get a message asking for your bank details, this could be a scam. You can report messages you think are suspicious.

 

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice provide a wide range of advice and support regarding energy bills and usage. You can read more about what to do if you are struggling to pay your bills, getting better energy deals, how to make a complaint, using energy meters, and more. Check out their website here. 

 

Ofgem Support

If you are struggling to pay your bills, Ofgem has provided advice on what you can do. You can agree a payment plan with your supplier, check existing energy schemes and grants, and get debt advice. More information can be found here. 

 

You can also  subscribe to our monthly environment newsletter here to find out more about our work across West Berkshire.

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