High gas and electricity prices are a causing concern for many residents and businesses.
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There are several ways you may be able to reduce your energy costs, including:
- taking simple steps to reduce the energy you use
- making your home more energy efficient
- applying for free help and support
Charities, energy companies and the regulator Ofgem all offer free advice.
Our team may also be able to help you access grants or support from a range of schemes.
Save energy at home and reduce your bills
Information on saving energy and reducing your bills at home is available online from many sources.
This advice can help you to:
- reduce your energy use - energy saving tips
- reduce your energy use - energy saving improvements
- understand your energy bills
- get help if you can't afford your energy bills
- see if you could benefit from having smart meters installed
Help with prepayment energy costs
If your prepayment meters are about to cut off supply and you need help to top up, you should contact your energy supplier in the first instance.
They should be able to issue a credit top up voucher or extend an emergency credit facility.
If your supplier won't help then you can get the Citizens Advice extra help unit to contact them on your behalf:
- calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on phone: 0808 223 1133
- using the extra help unit online referral form (if you need help the same day it's better to phone)
Apply for energy upgrades to your home
The new Sustainable Warmth scheme is available until March 2023. The council has secured an additional £1million from the Government to build on the delivery of the £3million Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (GHG LAD) scheme.
The Sustainable Warmth scheme is targeted at residents who:
- own their homes or rent from a private landlord;
- have a gross household income of £30,000 per year or less;
- live in homes with a low energy rating (an EPC of D/E/F/G)
The scheme can fund measures such as:
- wall, loft and floor insulation,
- low carbon heating
- solar panels
To find out more or apply you can contact our delivery partner Warmworks
Apply for money off low carbon heating technologies
Check the Boiler Upgrade Scheme guidance and how to apply.
Advice for business
The energy regulator Ofgem offers a general guide to business gas and electricity use.
Our crisis support scheme provides support for people who have suffered an emergency that has left them:
- without access to vital necessities
- at a health and safety risk
- unable to secure funding from any other source
Heating is considered a vital necessity and being without it could be potentially harmful.
Find out more about crisis support, benefits and other ways you can get help on our cost of living support page.
Broken boiler replacements
Residents can be referred to the LEAP (formerly ECHO) scheme if:
- they are a home owner with a broken boiler;
- they have a gross household income under £31,000 per year;
- they are aged over 65 or have a pre-school aged child living with them or have a serious long term health condition;
Please email our domestic advice team to apply. LEAP cannot help with inefficient boilers that are still working.
Energy advice and grants
Our Energy Services team provides expert advice and support for residents and businesses in Newcastle.
This includes work to:
- improve energy efficiency
- help households to keep warm at a reasonable cost (reduce fuel poverty)
- offer energy saving and fuel debt advice
If you have been unable to find the support you need please contact us:
- email our domestic advice team (for homes)
- email our utilities advice team (for businesses and all other non domestic advice)
Free business energy audit
Small and medium sized businesses in Newcastle can also apply for a free energy audit through our business energy saving team (BEST)
- identify potential energy improvements and savings
- develop a plan to help you achieve them
- help your firm access funding for energy improvements
- cut your greenhouse gas emissions
Please note that while the first phase of the BEST programme is now complete, businesses can also continue to register their interest, for potential future support.
Advice for landlords and tenants
Our private rented service offers free advice and support to help landlords ensure their properties meet legal requirements.
They also can support tenants who have problems with energy efficiency or heating systems.
Find out more on our minimum energy efficiency standards page.
If you rent your home from Your Homes Newcastle you can access extra support, including an energy saving check up.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced an extra £15 billion of support for people dealing with the rising cost of living.
Details of this can be found in the:
Other financial support
You may be eligible to receive extra help with your energy bills, these payments will be made automatically you should not need to apply, including:
- Warm Home Discount scheme £150 off electricity bills (you can no longer apply under the low income broader group)
- Warm Home Discount eligibility checker
- Winter Fuel Payment for those born before 26/09/1956
- Cold Weather Payments when the temperature drops below zero for 7 day
Energy Company Obligation apply for funding to improve your home's energy rating - NB check out our Sustainable Warmth scheme first
- Statement of Intent for Eco4 flexible eligibility (please email our domestic advice team for support with Eco4 if required.)