Planning your home's energy journey

Our new Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) scheme provides home energy advice to residents.

Worried about rising bills, staying warm in your own home and lowering your carbon footprint, but don’t know where to start?

Our LEAD scheme will provide you with a clear home energy plan - showing you how to make improvements to your home to reduce energy use and make your house more comfortable to live in.

Where is the LEAD scheme available?

The scheme is currently being delivered to certain neighbourhoods within North Yorkshire:

  • Great Ayton
  • Greatwood, Skipton
  • Harrogate including:
    • Harlow and St Georges
    • Oatlands and Pannal
    • The Stray, Woodlands and Hookstone
  • Stokesley and villages including:
    • East Harlsey
    • East Rounton
    • Great and Little Broughton
    • Hutton Rudby
    • Ingleby Arncliffe
    • Ingley Greenhow
    • Kirkby 
    • Middle-on-leven
    • Sexhow
    • Seamer
    • Skuttlerskelfe
  • Pickering
  • Potto
  • West Selby

What will the home energy plan include?

Households in these areas will be offered a home survey and a free home energy plan which will include:

  • an insight into the energy efficiency and condition of your home, including the existing ventilation
  • a discussion of your priorities around home retrofitting
  • specialised software to calculate how to make the most effective changes which will result in savings for you
  • estimated installation costs and ways you can improve your EPC rating
  • estimated energy saving
  • information on the different technologies available to make your home more energy efficient such as solar panels, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, low carbon heating and low energy lightbulbs
  • retrofit design specifications (where applicable)

As part of the survey a Retrofit Co-ordinator will identify your home retrofit priorities and advise on how you can progress your home energy plan further if you wish to.

The plan will provide you with information that will enable you to choose the most cost-effective way to make the necessary improvements outlined in your plan. You may be eligible for further funding to help you pay for retrofitting; the retrofit assessor will discuss these with you.

Who can benefit from the LEAD scheme?

To benefit from this scheme you must:

If you are not eligible for this scheme, do not worry as you could be eligible for another scheme. Our website has more information about the different energy schemes available.

Register your interest

For those eligible for the scheme, you will need to register your interest by completing our online form - this form will be available soon. Please keep checking this page for further updates.

What to expect at your property assessment

After completing the online form, an assessor will contact you to discuss your application and arrange an appointment for a property assessment. This will take place during business hours between Monday and Friday.

The assessment can take up to two hours, however, this will depend on your property. Please ensure that someone over the age of 18 is at the property during the visit.

The assessment will be non-intrusive; however, the assessor will need access to all rooms in your property, including the loft if you have one. Photos and measurements will be taken of your property to assess its condition. You will also be asked about your energy usage.

Our project partners

This scheme is delivered in partnership with Align Property Partners, Climate Action Stokesley and Villages, Zero Carbon Harrogate, the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority and Net Zero’s North East and Yorkshire Hub.

This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.