Energy efficiency and energy bill advice in the Richmondshire area

Find out about the schemes and information sources to help keep your energy bills down.

Simple Energy Advice

Simple Energy Advice is the official government website for energy efficiency advice. You can access information about heating, insulation and renewable energy for your home, as well as information about potential grants. 

You can find out more on the Government website or you can phone 0800 444202.

Find a cheaper energy supplier deal

You can visit the U switch website to compare the best deals and see how much you can save.

You can also phone U switch on 0800 6888 557.

Understand how you compare

Energy use can be hard to visualise and know how you compare. You can see if you are above or below average for a home of your size by looking at your bill to find your annual kilowatt hour usage for gas or electricity  - a unit of energy - and comparing it to what a similar sized home uses.  

Another way to get to grips with your energy usage is to use your smart meter. Experiment by switching appliances off one at a time to see what uses the most.

You can visit the smart energy website to ask your energy supplier for a smart meter for free.

If you cannot get a smart meter due to connectivity issues, there are other energy saving assistants that can help you understand your energy usage. Find out more on the Loop website.

Home Upgrade Grant - phase 2

A new grant is now available providing energy efficiency upgrades and clean heating systems to low-income households that are not on mains gas.

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) can be used for improvements such as insulation and solar panels to air source heat pumps and smart heating controls. These will help save money on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Register your details with us to find out if you could be eligible for the grant.

ECO energy efficiency scheme

The Energy Company Obligation is a government energy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Energy companies can install energy saving measures in homes that have been declared eligible by their local council.

Residents in the Richmondshire area may be able to receive funding towards the costs of insulation, new A-rated boilers and first time central heating.

Who is eligible?

You may qualify for funding if:

  • you receive certain benefits, such as Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance
  • you have a household income that is £30,000 per year or less (employed and/or pensionable income and/or benefit payment)

and you:

  • have high energy bills
  • are over 70 years of age
  • have a health condition made worse by the cold, such as cardiovascular condition, chronic respiratory condition
  • have a young family
  • are pregnant

How to apply

YES Energy Solutions are managing the scheme on our behalf. Installations will be completed through YES Energy Solutions' network of accredited local contractors.

The scheme is on a first come, first served basis. Residents who think that they may qualify for the scheme should call YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880 100.