PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
For the Council's Home Energy Conservation Act report, please visit our Carbon Reduction page.
The government have launched the 'Green Deal' as a way of kick-starting an energy saving retrofitting revolution. The Green Deal is set to benefit people in Oxford in several ways:
The Green Deal potentially enables householders and businesses to install energy-saving improvements such as insulation, heating, draught proofing, double glazing and solar panels without having to pay all the costs up front. The costs of these measures then get paid off in instalments added onto your electricity bill. More information on how to make the most of the government's Green Deal is on the GOV.UK website.
You may also be eligible to claim cashback when installing green deal measures. Speak to the Energy Savings Advice Service for more details on 0300 123 1234 or visit the Green Deal Cashback website.
The City Council recognises that the Green Deal mechanism won't suit a large number of the typical homes in Oxford such as the high proportion of rented homes, heritage buildings and 'hard to treat' properties with solid walls.
Because of this Oxford City Council is working with local partners including the Low Carbon Hub on a 'Green Deal Plus' approach for the city; focussing on working with deprived areas and hard-to-treat homes which can't be easily insulated.
A key part of this is attracting contributions from energy companies under the Energy Company Obligations (ECO) part of the Green Deal. ECO is a requirement placed on the big six energy companies to pay for measures that reduce carbon emissions specifically in hard-to-treat and solid-walled properties, in households in very low income areas or on certain benefits. Often these households will also be the ones who can be described as being in fuel poverty; when someone struggles to afford to warm their home sufficiently and needs to spend more than 10% of their income to heat their home to a reasonable standard.
This autumn Oxford City Council are working with Low Carbon Hub and Insulation NE to help people get energy saving measures funded to create warmer homes and lower energy bills across the City. The project will start be addressing homes in OX3 and OX4 postcodes – if you live in one of these areas and are not a Council housing tenant please visit our Warming Oxford page.
With a deluge of information available and lots of different Green Deal providers competing for attention it's sometimes hard to know who to trust to get the job done.
For general free and impartial advice on all aspects of energy saving, including the Green Deal contact the Energy Saving Trust helpline 0300 123 1234 (charged at national rate) or email email@example.com. The Energy Saving Trust website also has a wealth of independent information and advice about the Green Deal and finding a grant.
For general advice on energy saving and energy efficiency in Oxford visit our Energy Saving Advice page.
Page last updated 21 October 2013