We aim to improve energy efficiency within all homes in the Malvern Hills district in order to help protect the environment and improve housing standards. By providing advice and guidance on ways that you can save move and reduce energy usage in your home, we hope to cut down on fuel poverty.
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.
Keep your home warm
Apply these methods of insulation to your home to keep warm during periods of cold weather:
- Cover keyholes and letterboxes
- Place aluminium foil behind radiators on outside walls, to reflect the heat back into the room
- Help reduce the draughts by sealing the gaps around doors and windows and ensuring all of your curtains are lined
- If your central heating system also heats up your hot water, you could lag the pipes between the boiler and the tank to help reduce the heating costs
- Check your loft is insulated (current depth recommendation is 270mm) to help keep your home warm, you can save around £145 a year on your heating bills
- Make sure your hot water cylinder is properly lagged with an 80mm lagging jacket or other recommended forms of insulation.
Insulating your walls and lofts will improve the comfort of your home and save you money on your fuel bills. Improving the energy efficiency in your home may also help with problems of mould and condensation.
Keeping your home warm also improves your health and your mental health.
Occasionally there is grant funding to help with the cost of insulation for households that meet certain eligibility criteria. For further information on energy grants please contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.
The Warmer Worcestershire network aims to reduce fuel poverty and CO 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.
Use the Heat Loss Map to see the loss of heat in your household (based on no energy efficiency improvements being made since 2008).
For more information refer to Warmer Worcestershire.
Worcestershire energy switch
We aim to help as many residents as possible to find a better deal on their electricity and gas bills. Through a joint project with group buying experts iChoosr, we are taking action by promoting collective energy switching.
Along with other districts in the County, we will gather a large number of people who want to switch supplier. Then iChoosr will organise an auction for the group of residents who want to switch easily and pay less. The supplier who offers the cheapest tariffs gets to offer registrants a new contract. After the auction, they receive a personal offer and can see how much money they might save.
Those who register for the scheme can consider the offer before deciding whether or not to switch suppliers and there is no charge to join the scheme.
The amount of money that can be saved will vary depending on individual factors such as the current tariff, payment method, consumption and the winning bid. There is no guarantee that an offer will be the cheapest but the model aims to ensure the majority of participants are offered lower annual energy bills than they are currently paying or are available at the time of the offer.
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 technologies generating electricity may qualify for funding through the government's Feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, which you can claim through any energy supplier that subscribes to the FIT scheme. The technologies producing heat may qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, applications* are to be made online via Ofgem. These are regular payments made based on how much energy is produced rather than an up-front grant.
FIT's provide 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 further payment. Both schemes require a current EPC for the property where the renewable technology is installed. 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.
*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, please contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.
The roll-out of smart meters will play an important part in Britain's transition to a low-carbon economy. It will help us meet some of the long-term challenges that 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.
For more information about smart meters, refer to the Smart Metering Implementation Programme guide.
Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Report
We understand the importance of home energy conservation and the influence we have with our residents to significantly improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation across the district.
- 2013-2015 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan
- 2015-2017 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan
- 2017-2019 Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Plan
Our HECA plan sets out the strategic and partnership context for our energy efficiency and fuel poverty work. It contains current performance information, our recent achievements in reducing fuel poverty and improving domestic energy efficiency, as well as our plans to deliver further improvements for the benefit of Wychavon residents.
We will monitor our HECA plan on a quarterly basis to ensure delivery against our targets in the action plan. We will co-ordinate this through our Intelligently Green Group, which meets on a monthly basis.