Home energy conservation

Swindon Borough Council is committed to achieving significant improvements in domestic energy efficiency for local residents.

Improving the energy efficiency of our homes has many benefits:

  • Making our homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
  • Saving on fuel bills, making our homes more affordable to heat
  • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions which contribute to climate change.  Emissions from housing contribute up to a third of the carbon dioxide emitted in the UK.
  • Reducing the use of finite fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas)

Cavity wall and loft insulation are simple and cheap measures to improve the insulation standard of your house. Whether you own or rent your home you may qualify for free cavity wall insulation through the Energy Company Obligation scheme. Visit our Warm and Safe Wiltshire webpage for more about home insulation and the current support available.

Energy company obligation – flexible eligibility

The Energy Company Obligation is an obligation on energy suppliers aimed at helping households cut their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by installing energy saving measures. Flexible Eligibility is a new approach through which local authorities can refer households to suppliers for support, in particular households in fuel poverty or with occupants on low incomes and vulnerable to the effects of cold homes.

The following document details how we will identify households as eligible and what criteria it will use. Version 2 is the current version and should be used from 2 May 2018. Version 2 has superseded Version 1 which ran from 17 July 2017 to 1 May 2018.

Home energy conservation reports

The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 requires English Local Authorities to prepare and publish a report every two years, starting from 2013. The report sets out the energy conservation measures that the Authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area. Reporting is to continue up to and including 31 March 2027.

Swindon Borough Council addresses carbon savings and affordable warmth through its Warm and Safe Wiltshire scheme. This multi-partner scheme offers referrals to insulation schemes, income maximisation, and fire safety checks. Warm and Safe Wiltshire also offers advice on reducing the risk of falls and signposting to supportive charities. Income maximisation and other elements of the scheme are also available to council housing and other social housing tenants.

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