What you can do now
There is a range of things that you can do as individuals to reduce your carbon footprint and, therefore, your impact on climate change. Below are some suggestions and schemes that you can access now
Green Homes Grant
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
The government will provide a voucher to help cover up to two-thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements for your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000.
If you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying means-tested benefits, you may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of this voucher is £10,000.
Warwickshire Switch and Save – 100% green energy
Join Warwickshire Switch and Save for free and without obligation. We manage the scheme in conjunction with iChoosr and it is open to all UK energy customers owning or renting a property. You can sign up as long as your name is on the energy bill. Pre-pay meter users can also register and there are several tariffs available including pre-payment, electric only and dual fuel (electricity and gas).
Many suppliers have increased their standard tariffs in the last few months, so now is a good time to see how much you can save. These are their ‘standard variable tariffs’. Suppliers will put you on this if you haven’t switched before or if your fixed-term contract has ended. Seven out of ten households are on a standard tariff, which means these households could save the most by switching suppliers.
To register for the scheme, you will need a copy of your annual statement or recent electricity and/or gas bill. There are two ways to register:
- Register for Switch and Save online
- Register over the phone - 0800 988 2881
This is good news for your pocket, but also good news for the environment as iChoosr only include providers who offer 100% green energy in their reverse auction process.
What are you waiting for? Don’t delay, sign-up today.
Warm and Well in Warwickshire
Warm and Well in Warwickshire is supported by Act on Energy and provides a number of services such as help and advice, practical support such as boiler or heating replacements, emergency heaters, boiler servicing, additional support for loft and cavity wall insulation for people with cold homes, low incomes and health conditions.
If you would like to make enquiries, please contact Act On Energy:
Phone: 0800 988 2881
Speak to Act on Energy
To help make your home as energy efficient as possible, we work closely with Act on Energy, a local organisation providing free, impartial advice to residents.
Act on Energy can help with the following:
- grants for insulation
- switching energy suppliers
Phone: 0800 988 2881
Solar Together Warwickshire
Solar Together Warwickshire is an innovative new scheme offering high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage. It is a group-buying scheme, which brings Warwickshire households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price helping you through the process and keeping you informed at every stage.
If you already have solar panels installed, you can also register to have battery storage added to your existing solar panels to maximise the benefits of your system.
Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund
Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to make a difference to Warwickshire’s Carbon footprint by applying to the Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund.
On 6 October 2020, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet approved the launch of a new £1 million community fund for local schemes that will have an impact on Carbon emissions and help address the climate change emergency in Warwickshire.
The fund is now open for its first round of applications, looking to support community and voluntary projects that achieve the following:
- increase the adaptability and resilience of Warwickshire to the effects of climate change
- reduce impacts on the environment, particularly regarding climate change
- ensure funded projects benefit the wider Warwickshire community.