Last updated:
19 September 2017

Energy saving

How to keep warm, reduce your energy bills and learn how Your Energy Sussex is working to improve energy efficiency.

We are leading members of Your Energy Sussex, a local council partnership with Carillion that is helping residents and small and medium-sized businesses to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

The partnership is working to:

  • help residents create warmer, healthier homes and reduce carbon emissions (there are more than 680,000 homes across the county)
  • boost the local economy by creating work for local businesses
  • create opportunities for the local workforce, including work placements, apprenticeships and skills development
  • help vulnerable residents and those at risk of struggling to pay their fuel bills.

Your Energy Sussex is also working on an EU-funded project to help business parks reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs by adopting sustainable energy technology.

Help and advice to stay warm and cut your energy bills

The following questions and answers may help you and your family meet your energy costs and stay well and warm in your home.

Do I qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment?

If you are of pensionable age you could get financial help to pay your heating bills. Visit the Winter Fuel Payment page on the GOV.UK website for further details and to find out if you are eligible.

Am I eligible for a Warm Home Discount?

Low income households with vulnerable residents could qualify for a discount on their electricity bill. Visit the Warm Home Discount page on the GOV.UK website for further details and to find out if you are eligible.

Do I qualify for cold weather payments?

This additional automatic payment, £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March, is for people on certain benefits. Find out if you are eligible at GOV.UK.

Am I on the best energy tariff?

It is important that you are on the most economical tariff for you. The Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 08454 04 05 06 provides free and confidential advice, or alternatively, you can visit the Citizens Advice website. The Ofgem website also has good advice on energy switching.

Is my boiler broken or failing to heat my home?

Money to install an energy efficient replacement boiler may be available for households on certain benefits through the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). You should contact your energy supplier to see whether they have access to ECO funding or contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234.

Your Energy Sussex, the local council energy partnership led by West Sussex County Council, also has an ECO-funded scheme - but funding is currently only available for the following energy efficiency measures:

  • replacement heating systems for off-gas properties, for example, oil boilers, LPG boilers or electric storage heaters where there is no connection to mains gas
  • loft insulation, including first-time loft insulation and insulation ‘top-ups’
  • cavity wall insulation for homes without existing cavity wall insulation.

If you live in West Sussex and currently have a broken heating system, call your nearest Wellbeing Hub, who may be able to help with a temporary heater (subject to eligibility).

Can I be put on the Priority Services Register?

This is available to anyone of pensionable age, living with a disability or chronic illness, or who has a visual or hearing impairment. It can provide access to free services, such as gas safety checks. Contact your energy supplier for further information.

Where can I get help managing my bills?

Your local Wellbeing Hub can tell you where you can get confidential and impartial financial advice. The Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) can also provide free advice on grants, tariffs, benefits and winter payment schemes.

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