Affordable warmth

Energy use in the home is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of energy consumed in the UK. By bringing energy saving into every aspect of your life – work, travel and day-to-day living, you can make a real difference.

Not only will you be doing your bit to help prevent climate change, you will also see a difference in your pocket. The average household could save up to £250 a year on energy bills.

We may be able to help you save energy in your home. You can enquire about this online.

Help to Heat scheme – flexible eligibility

North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council are working closely with energy companies, installers and customers to help fuel poor households access the Help to Heat – flexible eligibility scheme (also known as ECO).

The  Statement of Intent  [PDF, 3Mb] contains eligibility criteria but does not necessarily guarantee that any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements; the final decision on funding rests with energy suppliers and will depend on:

  • The survey carried out and installation costs calculated
  • The energy savings that can be achieved for a property, and,
  • If suppliers have achieved their ECO targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets (this will affect the amount of funding available through the scheme)

Enquire about home assistance to find out if your household is eligible.

You can also check out the Steps to Affordable Warmth video for hints and tips on how to afford to stay warm and healthy at home.

Oil bulk buying

We have two schemes to help residents get cheaper fuel. For those not on the gas network, we are working with the Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council to offer an oil bulk buying scheme.

For further information or to join visit  Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council, email info@hwrcc.org.uk or call 01652 637700.

Collective switching – gas and electric

Residents can also register for the council’s collective switching scheme to get the best tariff for their gas and electricity.  Visit our collective switching page for further information on when the scheme is available or contact us on Housing@northlincs.gov.uk.

North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council have funding in place to support the cost of fitting first time gas central heating systems in homes across the district.

Qualifying homeowners or private renting tenants that currently rely on storage heaters, room heaters of solid fuel fires, now have a chance to upgrade their heating facilities for little or no cost.

Through the scheme, eligible residents can connect their homes to the mains gas network and get an A-rated central heating system installed with condensing combination boiler and thermostatic controls.

Do you qualify?

If you live in the North or North East Lincolnshire area and meet the following eligibility criteria, then you could benefit from a funded A-rated gas central heating system (subject to survey):

Claim one or more of the following state benefits:

  • Pension guarantee credit
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income support
  • Income based employment & support allowance
  • Child tax or working tax credit*
  • Universal credit*

*Income thresholds apply

Or

  • Have a low household income and are living in a property with a poor energy efficiency rating (band E, F or G), or you have a health condition made worse by living in a cold home.

Please note that if you rent your property, then your landlord may also be required to contribute towards the cost of the installation.

Warm Homes Funding

Over £380,000 of funding has been secured through the Warm Homes Fund, a unique programme established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions to help resident save energy and improve their home heating facilities.

North Lincolnshire Council was amongst 43 winning bids out of over 200 applications to receive funding.

The North and North East Lincolnshire Warm Homes Scheme is being managed by YES Energy Solutions on behalf of both councils.

Get in touch

If you think you may qualify, contact YES Energy Solutions on 01422 417584 (office hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) or email projects@yesenergysolutions.co.uk.

Get an indication of how good (or bad) your roof insulation is

A typical British home loses around a third of the heat produced by their central heating system through the roof, walls and windows. This means that a poorly insulated property can waste up to £1 out of every £3 spent on heating!

Aerial thermal mapping

Blue Sky International was commissioned to complete an aerial thermal survey during four nights in February 2011. A digital camera was used that is sensitive to the different levels of infrared light emitted by objects.

You can see the results for your home on the heat loss map.

It is important to remember that the aerial survey is a snapshot taken at one moment in time, showing how much heat your property was losing when the plane flew over.

The roof colour is an indication of how well the roof is insulated. It also assumes that the building was being heated at the time.

The mapping covers most urban areas of North Lincolnshire.  Therefore, some properties may not be included.

Interpreting the maps

To see the results of the thermal mapping in your area, visit the My Maps section of our website.

Type in your postcode or part of your address in the ‘search for location’ box and then select your address.

By looking at the colour of the roof on the thermal imaging map, you can gain an indication of how good your insulation is.

The nearer it is to the blue end of the scale (shown at the bottom of the map) the better your insulation. If the colour is more toward the red section it means the insulation in your roof may be in need of an insulation top up.

Have a look at the colours of other roofs nearby to see how yours compares?

The map may show something called false negatives. This is when buildings show blue colours, suggesting good levels of insulation, when in fact it may be that the insulation is not good. This can occur when the house is empty and the heating is not switched on, or it could indicate fuel poverty.

The map may also show false positives, where, for example a loft hatch has been left open and hot air has got into the roof void and warmed it up.

Lights

Only switch lights on if you need them. Check to see if natural light has the same effect. Always make sure the lights are off in empty rooms where health and safety won’t be compromised.

Use colour-coded stickers on light switches in your workplace so lighting areas can be easily identified. Make staff responsible for their area.

Does switching the lights off and on again when we need them use more energy than leaving them on?

No, in modern lighting it is always better to turn the lights off when rooms are empty for more than 30 seconds as they only use a few seconds worth more power to start up.

Computers

Save energy by switching off our computer monitor when you’re not using it, hibernate your PC when you leave it (for example, when you go for lunch, to a meeting). Shut down and switch off at the mains when you have finished working on it.

I leave my PC on standby in the evenings, is this energy saving?

It will save energy in the sense that your computer is not on full power mode, however it can still use up to a third of the energy it would do in full power mode, wasting around £20 per year. It is always best to shut computers down when you are no longer using them and switch off at the plug if you can access it.

If I turn my monitor off, will I lose all my work and documents?

No, it is good practice to get into switching off your monitor screen whenever you aren’t using it to save energy and money. All of your windows/documents will be open as before when you turn it back on.

Will I lose all my work if I hibernate my PC?

No, hibernating is a quick and easy way to save energy. You can do this by selecting ‘hibernate’, ‘sleep’ or ‘standby’ in the drop down bar you access to shut down your PC. Simply go to ‘start’ select ‘shut down’. Scroll through the shut down options to hibernate your PC. Hibernating your PC sends it into a power saving mode. When you come back to your PC, switch it on and log in as normal. All your work will open as you left it.

When should I hibernate my PC?

Hibernating typically reduces the power your PC uses from 100W to 10W. If you are leaving the office or your home PC for more than 30 minutes you should hibernate your PC.

Can I hibernate my PC instead of shutting down at the end of the working day?

No as it will still be wasting energy. You should always shut down your PC at the end of the day and switch off at the plug if possible, not only will this save energy and money, but it also minimises fire risks.

Mobile phone chargers

Mobile phone chargers still use energy when they are plugged in, so as soon as your phone is charged, unplug it.

Heating and cooling

Dress for the weather. In winter wear sufficient layers to keep warm rather than relying on turning the heating up. In summer, wear cool, thin clothing and open windows instead of using air conditioning.

Could I use a portable heater to keep warm?

Portable heaters are very high energy users, typically using 3,000W of power, which equates to 30 pence per hour. Leaving a heater on throughout a typical working day therefore costs £2.25 per day or £11.25 per week. This soon adds up to £45 per month. If used over the three coldest months of the year, each heater costs £135!

There are a few simple things you can do to save energy, such as wear enough layers to keep you warm or keep a thick fleece nearby to wrap up in if you start to feel cold.

If you do use a heater, be more frugal with its use, such as turning it off after 30 minutes and only switch back on when the air has cooled again. You will be surprised how long the air stays warm after the heater has gone off.

Could I use a fan or air conditioning to keep cool?

As with heaters, portable air conditioning units and fans can be very energy intensive.

Wherever possible open windows and use blinds or curtains to shade the room from direct sunlight to keep the space cool.

Kitchen

Equipment that has an electronic display or gives off heat is using energy, so switch it off at the mains when it is not in use. This includes microwaves, electric ovens, dishwashers and washing machines.

Fridges

Make sure your fridge is full. Using polystyrene blocks or newspaper to fill gaps will mean your fridge won’t need to work as hard to circulate cold air.

We have a working fridge we don’t use, what can we do?

There are a number of furniture reuse schemes operating throughout North Lincolnshire that you could donate your fridge to. Alternatively, you could advertise it for sale at your workplace or in your local shop, newspaper or online.

By law, we are required to to submit a report to the Government, every two years, to show what energy conservation measures we have adopted to improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in our area.

As a local authority, we have the ability to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation in our area.

Our report will be an evolving document, outlining previous activities, achievements and targets, which reflect the energy efficiency ambitions and priorities set out by our members and local communities.

For more information about the Home Energy Conservation Act, please visit the Government website.