Energy Saving Advice and Grants

Doncaster Council's Energy Team provides free advice to residents to help them save energy and reduce their bills. We want to encourage as many people as possible to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions. We do this by providing energy saving advice to help people make better choices and grant funding to help make homes more comfortable, warmer and safer to live in.

Energy Saving Tips and Advice

If you, a family member, friend would like tips on how to keep your home warm, please take a look at the table below:

Find out if you can get a discount on your energy bill

If you are on a low income or on benefits you might be able to get a discount on your energy bill. Search www.gov.uk or continue looking at Doncaster Council's for more information.

Could you get money off your energy bills?

Check if you can get money off your bills by using comparison websites. Take a look at Ofgem switching energy tariff or supplier page for more advice and information.

Changing Tariff

As well as looking at changing provider, you might be able to save money on your energy bill by changing tariff and/or payment method. Please look at Ofgem for more information.

Get an annual boiler service

Ensure you have an annual service of your heating system by a qualified professional

Heat your home

If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C. The recommended temperature in your living room is 21C.

 Try and keep warm

Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time. You can also use blankets and wear appropriate layers of clothing.

 Keep out draughts

Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts

 
Spotting the Signs of a Cold Home

If you are concerned about yourself, a family member or a member of the public, here is some information about how to spots the signs of a cold home and what action you can take

It feels cold inside - do you keep a coat on when you visit this house? 
Damp patches on walls 
Condensation – wetness on the windows or windowsills 
Draughts – through windows, doors and floors 
Blocked vents – to stop cold getting in 
No (or not using) central heating 
Safety issues – overloaded sockets, exposed wires, clothes and furnishings too close to fires/heaters 
Heating just one room in the house
Struggling to keep warm - are there blankets or hot water bottles by the chair they sit in? 
Poor eating habits – wrappers and empty cans and no evidence of proper hot meals 


Grants and Help Available 

Boiler on Prescription Grant 

Provides funding to install gas central heating for homeowners who experience ill health due to:

  • COPD 
  • Chronic Heart Condition,
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Complex Conditions
    • who don't have the finances to replace/repair a faulty central heating system or install it for the first time. Each case must be assessed by the Council's Energy Team.
    • Call us on 01302 737053 or email energy.team@doncaster.gov.uk 


Affordable Warmth Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Under this scheme both insulation and heating can be Partially funded, but first requires a free survey to establish what is required and to confirm eligibility.

This grant is available to those receiving one of the following benefit:
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
  • Universal Credit


Energy Company Obligation (ECO): Help to Heat scheme - flexible eligibility

This grant is available to those not on a means tested benefit.
As part of the current Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the Council is able to set a local criteria for homeowners and private rented tenants who would be classed as living in fuel poverty / on low income:
  • Less than £1484 per month household income once the mortgage or rent has been paid
  • Vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. 
Under this scheme both insulation and heating can be Partially funded, but first requires a free survey to establish what is required and to confirm eligibility.


Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD)

Local authorities through the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, are able to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households and improve energy performance of households. Measures include, external, internal, cavity wall and loft insulation and other measures. For more information, please contact the councils Energy Team Call us on 01302 737053 or email energy.team@doncaster.gov.uk 


Warm Home Discount

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March. 


Winter fuel Payments

If you were born on or before 26 September 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (you do not need to claim) if your eligible and either:

  • get the State Pension
  • get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

Cold Weather Payment 

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or support for Mortgage interest. 

You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.



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Last updated: 21 September 2021 13:56:08