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Home Energy EfficiencyEnergy Savings Trust Logo

Energy Efficiency Counts

Making the most of Energy

Below are links to audio / image presentations and websites which will give you more information about saving your money , our energy and our environment.

The Environment, Energy And Us

Climate Change

An image of a houseEvery time we switch on our lights, turn on the heating, heat water, cook, use any gas or electrical appliances in our homes , we are using resources which will not last forever.

Moreover, our increasing demands for energy are having a negative effect on the environment with the world's scientific community now agreeing that the climate is changing for the worse and we can all "do our bit" to help reduce the problems being created.

A more detailed picture of climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect is available via this interactive website link External Hyperlink. An insight into what you can do to help is also provided.

Helping The Earth Begins At Home

Where Is All The Energy Going?

How Energy Efficient Is Your Home?

The Home Energy Check

It is possible to obtain a personalised Energy Efficiency Report External Hyperlink which will list all the ways you can reduce your energy consumption.

The report will also indicate the energy and financial savings that can be obtained if you adopt the suggested changes.

The Measures Available

InsulationAn image of loft insulation

Insulating your home minimises heat loss, helps regulate the temperature and helps save money.

The Energy Savings Trust provides useful information  on the various types of insulation available External Hyperlink.

Schemes promoted by Fareham Borough Council are explained in the Grants and Discounts section.

Heating and Hot Water

With the energy efficient condensing boiler, effective time and temperature controls and appropriate tank insulation, you could save up to £180 a year in heating bills.

Schemes promoted by Fareham Borough Council are explained in the Grants and Discounts section.

Renewable Energy SystemAn image of solar panel installation on a roofs

Renewable energy has a number of benefits for the consumer and the environment.  Systems available include:

The Council together with eight other authorities has produced an informative leaflet "An Introduction to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Technology in Hampshire & Isle of Wight" PDF (1 MB) describing the systems listed above.  For a copy please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01329 236100 or email

In addition "Insulate Hampshire" is able to offer advice on installing solar panels. For further information please contact the Insulate Hampshire Team on 0800 952 0037 or via the website External Hyperlink.

The United Sustainable Energy Agency (Cocoon) has published a useful Solar Suitability Checker tool External Hyperlink to enable a homeowner to check whether your property is suitable for Solar PV and/or Solar Hot Water. The tool allows you to view a satellite image of your property where the size and orientation of the roof space getting the most sun can be quickly established. Once you have established that your house is suitable for solar, costs and returns on investment for a suitable system are shown on screen. This will give a rapid snapshot of how solar compares as a potential investment thanks to current Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) and the approaching Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

If you can afford the level of investment required, you can then move on to a full comparison of a number of installer estimates for suitable systems. You will be able to select up to six approved installers to come out and do a free no-obligation survey of your property. This will confirm its suitability and lead to written quotations. Only at the final stage of a homeowner deciding you would like installers to visit you will Cocoon ask for any contact details.

Grants and Discount Schemes

The following schemes are available to help you towards meeting the cost of installing heating and insulation systems depending on your circumstances.  These are:

Free Insulation Grants

Free grants for loft and cavity wall insulation are available to private households where anyone is aged 70 and above or those who receive qualifying financial benefits. The grants are available as part of the Government's Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT). Grants are normally available through the major utility companies (British Gas, NPower, E.ON, EDF, Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Energy) as well as to eligible households through the local Insulate Hampshire initiative (see below). All other home owners and private tenants will still qualify for a partial grant through the Insulate Hampshire scheme.

Insulate Hampshire

This is an image of the Insulate Hampshire logoFareham Borough Council is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council and other district councils across the county and with funding from Scottish Power to bring residents the Insulate Hampshire scheme.

Insulate Hampshire offers loft insulation from £99 and cavity wall insulation from £75 for at least the first 5000 householders to sign up to the scheme and from £99 thereafter, subject to a free, technical survey provided by the scheme. Insulate Hampshire can also offer rolls of insulation to top up your existing loft insulation for £49 for a maximum 100 sq. m.

Through the scheme residents can also receive advice on installing solar panels and referrals to other community services such as benefit entitlement checks and home safety visits.For further information please contact the Insulate Hampshire Team on 0800 952 0037 or via the website External Hyperlink

Warm Front Grant Scheme                                                                                    This is an image of the Warm Front logo

Warm Front is a Government-funded scheme which is available until March 2013 that offers energy efficiency advice, a package of heating improvements and thermal insulation for households in receipt of qualifying financial benefits. The maximum amount of a Warm Front Grant is £3,500; however, homes that need oil or liquid petroleum gas (lpg) central heating may receive a grant of up to £6,000.

The scheme is available to householders owning their own home or renting it from a private landlord, and who receive one or more of the following benefits:

And those awarded:

In addition to the qualifying benefits listed above, the property you live in must also be poorly insulated and/or not have a working central heating system.

 If you are not sure whether you are entitled to a Warm Front Grant, call the Warm Front Benefit Entitlement Check Team free on 0800 316 6011.

Heating improvements may include:

Insulation improvements may include:

For further information please contact the Warm Front Team on 0800 316 6011 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm or Saturday 9am to 5pm, quoting "MK764" or via the website External Hyperlink

Fareham Home Energy Heating Scheme

Because of the restrictions imposed by the Warm Front Scheme (see above), the Council recognizes that many households on low income and in fuel poverty are ineligible for a Warm Front Grant. Subject to the financial resources of the applicant and the availability of funds, the Council is able to offer of an Interest free loan of up to £5,000 to help vulnerable home owners who are considered to be at risk and who cannot afford to finance vital central heating improvements.

A Fareham Home Improvement Loan can be provided to meet the cost of:

The Fareham Home Improvement Loan is an interest free loan secured on your property. Unlike many other commercial equity release schemes, no repayments are made until the property is sold.

These measures will only be installed where the householder agrees to also receive necessary insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of the dwelling.

The dwelling must be in Council Tax Band A,B,C or D to be eligible under the Council's Home Improvement Loan Policy

Applicants will be required to complete an application form and provide copies of their income statements covering the past year.

Please phone Fareham Borough Council on 01329 236100, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, quoting "Fareham Home Energy Heating Scheme".

The scheme has a limited budget and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is an image of an energy efficiency labelEnergy Saving Products

Details of energy saving products External Hyperlink are available on the Energy Savings Trust website.

The European Union has introduced a grading system (A-G) which identifies the level of energy efficiency of domestic appliances. There is a legal requirement that the EU energy label is shown on all fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, washer dryers, dishwashers, electric ovens and light build packaging.

 Water Efficiency

In addition to savings on your heating bills you may be able to make significant savings on your water bill by switching to a meter. Customers of Portsmouth Water are able to check their current water usage and whether they could save money and help the environment by switching to a meter. The Interactive Water Calculator can be completed on the Portsmouth Water website External Hyperlink.

Further Information

More detailed information on energy efficiency issues covered within this site is available from the various external agencies listed below:

The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre

Ground Floor
14 - 15 Brunswick Place
Southampton SO15 2AQ
Website: External Hyperlink
Freephone Advice 0800 512012

The Centre provides independent advice and information regarding insulation, heating and renewable energy systems as well as relevant grants and discount schemes.

The National Energy Foundation (NEF)

Renewables at the National Energy Foundation
Davey Avenue
Knowle Hill
Milton Keynes MK5 8NG
Freephone Advice: 0800 138 0889
Website: External Hyperlink

The NEF provide information regarding solar energy systems, wind turbines, ground source heat systems and bio-energy heating systems for the domestic property.

Green Electric External Hyperlink
This is electricity derived from renewable sources such as wind, wave, tide, biomass and solar systems with Green Electric providing consumers – domestic or industrial – with help to find sources of green electricity for their home and business.

The Carbon Trust

8th Floor
3 Clement's Inn
London WC2A 2AZ
Tel. 0800 917 3030
Website: External Hyperlink
The Carbon Trust helps businesses and householders understand the Climate Change problem and the impact it will have on the environment and our lifestyles. It offers advice on how to cut carbon emissions.

Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA)

The Cavity Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency Ltd
CIGA House
3 Vimy Court, Vimy Road
Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1FG
Tel: 01525 853300
Website: External Hyperlink

CIGA provides independent 25 year guarantees for cavity wall insulation fitted by registered installers. It is governed by a council of recognized bodies and is supported by relevant trade associations and government departments.

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