A strategic and comprehensive plan to improve the energy efficiency of council homes in York is being proposed.
These proposals will improve the quality of residents’ lives, tackle fuel poverty and contribute to the city achieving carbon neutral status by 2030.
Ongoing works to install insulation and fuel efficiency works in York’s 7,500 council homes has meant two thirds of them have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C or above – recognised by the Government as the minimum standard which all homes should aim to achieve in the future. The remaining homes require more complex works due to their non-standard construction in order to bring them up to EPC C levels. Retrofit improvements such as fitting internal or external insulation and ground source heat pumps will ensure the homes are warmer and more affordable to heat.
A report recommends that an approved budget of £1m is allocated to retrofitting the first phase of homes, with works starting in summer 2021. These works will bring around 60 poorer-performing homes up to an EPC C rating. Alongside this initial programme of works, a longer term approach to retrofit more homes over the medium and longer term will be developed. One third of all the city’s carbon emissions come from domestic buildings, therefore it is important that a strategy is developed to ensure retrofit works are delivered across the city.
To help deliver these energy saving and carbon reduction measures, the council will develop a strategy for upskilling local tradespeople to undertake retrofit works to meet the growing demand.
Building up a supply chain of retrofit contractors would dovetail with the council’s Economic Strategy and support new jobs.
City of York Council is encouraging residents to see if they could save money though 2016 and beyond by switching their gas and electricity providers.
Residents can join the switch until Monday 1 February. Over 200 residents took part in the latest switch with people saving on average over £215.
Jacqui Warren, Sustainability Officer, said: “The Big Community Switch is a great way for people who might be considering changing their energy suppliers to see if they can reduce their energy bill, with residents saving on average £215 during the previous switch.”
How the switch works:
1. The switch is open for registrations from 5 January to 1 February 2016. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for free, including pre payment meter customers and those without gas. Registration is easy – you just need a recent fuel bill or annual statement.
2. The council’s switching partner iChoosr will hold an ‘auction day’ on 2 February and invite energy companies to offer their best prices.
3. The cheapest tariff wins! Residents will receive an email with details of the new tariff secured by the scheme and how much money could be potentially saved. This will be after 12 February 2016.
4. Residents will have until 14 March 2016 to decide to accept the offer or not. There is no obligation to accept and no fees or charges. If residents choose not to take up the offer, they can still register again in future schemes.
For more information and help on joining the Big community Energy Switch visit https://www.york.gov.uk/switchingenergy or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_fph_9NeE
For help making your home warmer through energy efficiency measures visit https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20097/private_landlords_and_tenants/1507/better_homes_york
City of York Council is urging residents and community groups to sign up to the Big Energy Race which could see them win £20,000 towards a community project of their choice.
The Big Energy Race sees groups and individuals promote energy saving in their local community, which can help to make a real difference to peoples energy bills.Alongside the grand prize of £20,000 towards a community project there are also individual, team and regional prizes to be won. This provides plenty of opportunities for everyone involved to have their moment to shine.
City of York Council is once again inviting residents to sign up to the Big Community Energy Switch, which could help them save on average £169 on their gas and electricity bills.
The sessions will take place in various locations throughout the city during December and January. Residents who would like to find out more about switching are asked to bring a fuel bill along with them.
The council and iChoosr held their first scheme between December 2013 and February 2014. A total of 751 York residents signed up, along with 36,000 people across the UK. Average annual savings for those York residents who switched was £169!
Drop-in sessions where people can register with the help of council staff are taking place on:
Friday 12 December 2014
Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Monday 15 January 2014
The Gateway Centre, Acomb
10am – 2pm
Every Monday in January 2015
City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise
10am – 1pm
Monday 23 January 2015
Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Supported by York’s Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK York – the Save Money by Switching Energy campaign launched in December 2013. The scheme enables York residents to register for the assisted scheme through these four easy steps that can result in them being offered potentially cheaper alternative tariffs to consider switching to.
York residents and community groups are being urged to bid for a share of the £10m Urban Community Energy Fund.
The fund provides grants and loans to support urban communities, like York, to develop renewable energy projects.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help develop ideas into projects. The fund also will provide loans of up to £130,000 to develop projects through to the planning stages and to be in a position to attract funding to deliver the project.
The following groups are eligible to apply for the fund: (more…)