Energy Efficiency

Our aim is to improve energy efficiency within all homes in the district to help protect the environment and improve Housing Standards. To do this we offer advice and guidance on ways for you to save money at home by switching energy tariffs and using energy more efficiently, thereby reducing your household bills.

We work in partnership with Act on Energy who offer specialist energy efficiency advice and information about grants and financial assistance to help you insulate and heat your home making it warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.

Warmer Worcestershire

Act on Energy are the lead contact for the Warmer Worcestershire network is a partnership between public and voluntary sector organisations including Worcestershire County Council, District Councils, Public Health, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Service and Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  Act on Energy run and operate the Freephone energy advice line 0800 988 2881 for the network.

The network aims to reduce fuel poverty and CO2 emissions in the County by delivering around the following objectives:

  • Encourage energy efficiency improvements in homes
  • Help vulnerable residents understand the links between effectively heating the home and the impact on their health
  • Support delivery of the cold weather plan for Worcestershire
  • Keep updated on winter advice and top tips to help you cope

The Warmer Worcestershire project produced a thermal image fly over in 2008 of the county enabling households to see the heat loss in their home. The data on the map will of course have changed for those households who have improved the energy efficiency of their homes, but if you haven't carried out any improvements since 2008 the details of the thermal map may still be relevant to your household.  Take a look at the Heat Loss Map.

For more information go to the Warmer Worcestershire, or Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881

Renewable Energy Advice

The following technologies produce renewable energy in the form of heat or electricity.  They provide an alternative to power sources based on non-renewable fossil fuels.

  • Solar Thermal Hot Water
  • Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Wind Turbines
  • Wood Fuelled Heating (Biomass)
  • Small Scale Hydro

The electricity generating technologies may also qualify for funding through the government's Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme.  The heat producing technologies may qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.  These are regular payments made based on how much energy is produced rather than an up-front grant.  You will need to claim FITS through any energy supplier that subscribes to the FIT scheme, but RHI applications have to be made on-line through the government website or call 0300 003 0744 if you need help.

FIT's provide a payment for each unit of electricity regardless of how it is used.  In addition, households can then use the free electricity that they generate in their home and export any surplus to the national grid for a further payment.  Both schemes require a current EPC for the property where the renewable technology is installed and in the case of the FIT scheme, the EPC must at least reach Band D and dated prior to the renewable technology installation.

Please be aware that these schemes change frequently and funding is limited.

For the latest details of Feed in Tariffs or the Renewable Heat Incentive, visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change, or call Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.

Planning Permission – Householders must have in place any required planning consents before applying to the scheme.

Switching Energy Suppliers

If you are interested in further information regarding your energy bills and how you could compare your gas and electricity prices, pleas contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.

Smart Meters

The roll-out of smart meters will play an important part in Britain's transition to a low-carbon economy and help us meet some of the long-term challenges we face in ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply.
Consumers will have near real time information on their energy consumption to help them manage their energy use, save money and reduce emissions. Smart meters will also provide consumers with more accurate information and bring an end to estimated billing.
More information on smart meters and a guide as to how they work.

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) scheme

Residents in the Malvern Hills district could save up to 30% on their heating bills with Lister Gases Limited. The deal has seen many local residents already benefit from the competitive and fair pricing offered by Lister Gases through their discounted bulk purchasing of LPG scheme.

Key benefits

  • Prices are transparent to the wholesale market, which you can track: LPG Prices.
  • Over the 2 year commitment you could see substantial savings to what you currently pay.
  • Experience further savings if you are an existing customer by moving onto the MHDC scheme.
  • One of the best delivery services in the UK LPG market today and with peace of mind that you will not be left without gas.
  • No matter what department all Lister Gases staff have experienced knowledge of the LPG sector, so you're in good hands no matter what your enquiry.
  • Prices on the scheme do come down when the wholesale price drops. You can monitor the price monthly by calling the Lister Gases sales team. For more information please call 0121 556 7181 or email quoting reference LGMHDC.

How can I switch?

It's very easy to change suppliers, as long as you are not signed up to any commitment all you have to do is fill in and sign a supplier switch document, which can be obtained by clicking in the following link: Lister Gases Switch or by calling the Lister Gases Sales team and speaking to Bal on 0121 556 7181, who can run you through how to obtain the process.