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Energy efficiency and conservation

The Council is responsible under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 to report on the percentage of energy efficiency improvements in the housing stock in the Borough.  The Council also work in partnership with other agencies to advise, educate and promote energy efficiency schemes, grants and discounts to residents in the Borough.

The Council’s Current Energy Saving Initiatives

Image of Energy Deal logoGetting a Better Energy Deal with Collective Switching 

The timetable for the next round of Collective Switching is:

  • Registration from Tuesday 5 August 2014 until 13 October 2014.
  • Auction takes place 14 October.
  • Personal offers sent out (either by email or letter) from 24 October.

Further information on the scheme can be found at www.energydealswitch.com.

Collective switching is when likeminded consumers group together to negotiate a better deal for gas and electricity. It typically involves a third party who actively negotiates on behalf of the consumers they represent.

The Energy Deal scheme is led by a number of the local district councils in Kent, working in partnership with I-Choosr as part of the Big Community Switch.

Who is it for?

Energy Deal is aimed at bill paying householders. The scheme aims to make switching simpler for those participating by providing a competitive price, without the need for individuals to shop around to compare tariffs.  Ideal for those who are new to switching, support is provided throughout the registration and switching process.

How do I join?

Energy Deal is free to join and requires no obligation to switch your supplier. Anyone can participate via the scheme’s website.

If you have computer access, you can help friends and family who don’t – you can register up to five households using the same email address.

You will need your annual energy statement or recent bills to hand to complete the registration.
Residents from outside the district can also join the scheme through the online registration page at www.energydealswitch.com

Information on collective switching can be found on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change.

February 2014 Auction outcomes:

  • 300 Dartford residents registered during this round of Energy Deal
  • 85 people switched
  • £210 was the average saving
  • 28.3% switching rate

For the Duel Fuel online monthly direct debit the average realised saving per registrant was £204.00.

As collective switching schemes become better known they are attracting a mixture of the ‘Big Six’ and smaller independent suppliers to the table. The ‘winners’ in this Auction who will supply a range of contracts:  OVO Energy, Scottish Power, Green Star Energy and British Gas.

The whole auction group (national scheme) comprised of 65% of people who had not switched in the last 3 years.

Warmer Streets Project

The Warmer Streets Project is a £4m energy efficiency improvement programme led by Dartford Borough Council in partnership with Sevenoaks District Council. The Scheme will be rolled out on a targeted street-by-street basis and is designed to support residents in those target streets install heavily subsidised improvements such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems. The aim is that residents and businesses in these streets will benefit from warmer, more energy efficient buildings and have more control over their energy bills. The first phase of the project is targeting the Tree Estate in Dartford, working with ECO (Energy Company Obligation), Green Deal Communities and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

A Warmer Streets website is in development, and will be online shortly at: http://warmerstreets.org.
Residents and colleagues wanting more information, or to get involved can do so by contacting us on 0800 612 7246 or hello@warmerstreets.org.

Warm Homes Scheme

The Warm Homes scheme is a partnership project between Kent County Council and the local councils to support residents in Kent and Medway with energy saving measures in their home.

At present the Warm Homes scheme is on hold due to the governments’ recently announced changes to the funding for energy efficiency measures. If you have already registered your interest you will be contacted once changes to ECO funding have been confirmed and implemented. 
Home Energy Conservation Act (1995).

Home Energy Conservation Act (1995)

The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 requires every local authority with housing responsibilities to prepare, publish and submit an Energy Conservation Report to the Secretary of State.  The report must identify:

  • Practical and cost effective measures to significantly improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation in their area
  • Report on the progress made by implementing the measures

HECA is designed to focus the attention of local authorities more closely on the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation, and on developing an integrated approach to their energy efficiency strategies.  Any improvements implemented through the Home Energy Conservation Act will contribute to meeting the UK’s Climate Change commitments.

The Dartford Home Energy and Fuel Poverty Action Plan 2012 – 2015 March 2013PDF, 480.65 KB report was noted at Dartford Borough Council Cabinet 7 March 2013 item 166. 

A progress report is due by 31 March 2015 and at 2 yearly intervals thereafter up to and including 31 March 2027.

For further information please contact environmental.promotions@dartford.gov.uk or 01322 343056.

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Last Updated: 12th September 2014 Print Link