There is a lot you can do in your home to keep your energy bills down.
Upgrading your boiler and insulation, switching suppliers, and finding other savings with the help of a smart meter can all cut costs and cut energy pollution.
The council is part of a number of schemes to help you keep your energy bills under control.
Boilers and insulation - our approved installer
Better Homes Harrogate is the council's approved installer for new boilers and home insulation.
You can call Better Homes today for a competitive quote for your home energy efficiency upgrades.
Grants for this work could also be available, depending on where you live and your personal circumstances. Please call 0800 597 1500.
Help and advice for residents: Warm and Well in North Yorkshire
Warm and Well in North Yorkshire offers advice and hands-on support to hundreds of local residents every year.
Help can include:
- home visits to make your home warmer and more energy efficient, or for help with minor repairs
- advice on how to save money on energy costs, switching suppliers, grants and priority services
- access to a Hardship Fund for those in urgent need
Who is eligible for help?
The Warm and Well project aims to support:
- people on low incomes or benefits
- over 65s
- families with young children
- anyone with physical or mental health issues
The project is funded by North Yorkshire County Council, and managed on their behalf by Citizens Advice mid-North Yorkshire. Please call 01609 767555.
Free home advice visits: Green Doctors
You can directly book a free home visit from a Green Doctor for yourself or someone you know who may be eligible. The scheme is being run by the charity Groundwork.
You Green Doctor can provide support, information and advice on:
- switching energy suppliers
- applying for the Warm Homes Discount and getting grants for insulation and central heating
- energy bills and fuel debt
- ways to help you reduce costs
Your Green Doctor can also install simple energy-saving measures including, energy efficient light bulbs, draught excluders, reflective radiator panels, pipe lagging and hot water tank jackets. Please call 0113 238 0601.
Information for council tenants and housing association tenants
If you live in a council house you can find more information about how we plan to improve energy efficiency in your home on the council house modernisation and improvements page.
For enquiries about the decent homes housing quality standard, please use this form:
If you rent from a housing association you can ask them about their plans to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which will replace the traditional meters in our homes. Every home in England, Scotland and Wales is being offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no extra cost, between now and 2020.
Smart meters let you to see exactly how much energy you're using as you use it, and what it is costing in pounds and pence. They take regular readings and share these directly with your energy supplier through a secure wireless network, putting an end to estimated bills and manual meter readings.
Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter roll out www.smartenergygb.org.
Council policies and plans
Under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, we are required to publish a progress report every two years which shows how we intend to tackle home energy conservation in our area.
We have published the following Statement of Intent for the Energy Company Obligation. The statement lists the criteria we will use to identify households who may be able to receive assistance under the flexible eligibility part of the Energy Company Obligation.