Energy conservation is a key element of environmental sustainability. The local house condition and energy survey shows great energy inefficiency and fuel poverty within 44% of all the stock and 10% of private rented stock in Swale.
To help improve the situation in our housing stock, we have a dedicated member of staff to promote both national and local initiatives, as well as to provide residents with advice. We aim to have numerous drop-in events all over Swale, in conjunction with organisations such as Sure Start, Age Concern and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
We provide details on a number of discount offers on energy efficiency measures, such as loft and wall insulation and the installation of new boilers and central heating in the Borough's houses. We also have information about a wide range of energy efficiency grants and measures to improve awareness and energy efficiency of local households. This can help reduce your energy use, which will reducing your energy bills. So both you and the environment benefit.
We have discounted rates with local businesses, to carry out energy conservation work, such as fitting loft and wall insulation, and renovating old central heating boilers. The grants aim to improve the quality of life for local residents by increasing the energy efficiency and comfort of local homes.
The Energy Saving Trust, working on behalf of all Kent Local Authorities, has special offers on cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boilers and heating systems and solar water heating installations. These offers are open to all householders in the borough. A reduction of up to 50% on the cost of loft and cavity wall insulation is available.
The government recently announced changes to the funding for energy efficiency measures. We are currently unable to provide exact details of how these changes will impact upon future assistance provided under the Warm Homes scheme. You can still call the Warm Homes Helpline on 0800 521 660, where your details will be recorded, and you will be contacted once it is known what help you may be able to receive. Help may also be available from your existing energy supplier, see Energy Saving Trust online or call 0300 123 1234 for free and impartial advice.
If you use home heating oil, you might want to consider applying for a loan from Kent Savers credit union to help spread the cost or call 0333 3219050.
You can also contact our Energy Officer for advise and / or to arrange a visit by an Energy Home Visitor by contacting the Housing Services team.
Before contacting us, please have all relevant details to hand, as this will speed up our inquiries and allow us to find the services that best suit your needs.