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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 Energy Deal scheme, supported by Dartford Borough Council, is free to join and there is no obligation to switch your supplier.

Information required to register can be found on your annual energy statement or energy bill: 

  • the name of your current supplier 
  • the name of your current energy tariff 
  • annual energy consumption in kWh (detailed on your annual energy statement/energy bill) 
  • how you pay for your energy 

The scheme will negotiate directly with energy suppliers at a reverse auction on 3 February 2015 with the aim of securing a competitive tariff for the majority of residents taking part. 

The second campaign in spring last year saw average savings of £190 (over all categories) per year. 

The current campaign launches on 2 December 2014 and will continue until 2 February 2015

  • Register with Energy Deal by 2 February 2015 
  • Energy suppliers will compete to offer you the best energy deal on 3 February
  • You receive a personalised offer showing if and how much you could save from 13 February
  • You decide if you want to switch and we will help you through the process 

Register online at www.energydealswitch.com

Residents without internet access can call Dartford Borough Council on 01322 343056 to register to be part of the scheme. They can also attend a drop-in session at Dartford Civic Centre where help with registration will be provided. Sessions take place between 10am and 4pm on the following dates - don't forget to bring your Annual Energy Statement:

  • Thursday 15 January
  • Wednesday 21 January 
  • Tuesday 27 January

Information on collective switching can be found on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website

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: 18th December 2014 Print Link