Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from 22 October to 27 October 2012, is a national campaign run by the Energy Saving Trust and Citizens Advice Bureau to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
Northampton Borough Council is holding drop-in sessions from 10am to 4pm from Monday, in the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall and the Community Law Service is holding drop-in sessions from 10am to 3pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Friday at their St Giles Street shop.
Energy advisers will be available to check if residents are getting the best deal from their energy company on a comparison website and explain how they might be able to save more money by possibly switching suppliers or changing the way they pay. Plus they’ll also be giving energy saving tips, giving away small energy saving devices and talking about help available to insulate resident’s homes.
East Northamptonshire Council and Citizens Advice are jointly hosting a stall between 12 and 2pm on Thursday 25th October at the Asda store in Rushden. They’ll be giving away low energy light bulbs and TV powerdowns and there will be a chance to win an energy monitor.
The Northants Warm Homes Insulation Scheme will close for new referrals on 30th November to allow for installations and paperwork to be completed by the 31st December deadline.
The scheme is funded by the big six fuel utilities under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme (CERT), which ends on 31st December.
To book a survey, call the Hotline 0845 872 7417 or register online now.
The Feed in Tariff currently stands at 16p per kWh providing a return on investment in the order of 9% tax-free. This is due to reduce slightly to 15.4p on 1st November 2012.
Learn more about generating your own energy.
From 1st October, both householders and businesses are able to register to have their properties assessed for the Green Deal.
Those eligible for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) should now be able to access the Green Deal, whilst those consumers needing to access the Green Deal’s financial mechanism to fund their energy efficiency improvements will have to wait until phase two of the programme in early 2013, when the necessary legislation for the Green Deal finance plans will be in place.
The 1st October launch was effectively a soft launch. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) stated that it will enable Green Deal accreditors, assessors and installers to get up and running and for ‘Green Deal Providers’ – those managing the finance plans – to test systems and operations.
For further information see our Green Deal page.