Energy use

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Which energy supplier are you using? 

Many energy suppliers offer green tariffs, which can either mean they’ll match your usage with renewable energy generation or they will contribute towards environmental schemes on your behalf. It’s generally easy to switch tariffs or suppliers, and there are lots of comparison websites you can use to find the tariff best suited to your needs. You can find more information about switching energy supplier on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Improving the energy efficiency of your home

There are plenty of ways to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and costs. Example include:
  • Reduce home heating loss by installing or improving insulation in your walls and loft. Find out more about installing insulation and draught-proofing.
  • Install solar panels to generate renewable energy or solar hot water panels to help heat your water. Learn more about options for renewable energy generation by visiting the Energy Saving Trust website.
  • Install a more efficient boiler to save energy and money. The Energy Saving Trust’s guide to heating your home is a good place to learn more. 
  • Install a smart meter so you can keep a check of your energy consumption. The energy saving trust provide a helpful Smart Meter Guide.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of your windows –double glazing can make your property quieter, warmer and potentially save you £120 a year.
For more information on all the above –and more –visit Action Surrey’s website.
SHBC works in partnership with Action Surrey, who are an impartial energy advice service set up by local councils across Surrey and Surrey County Council.
You may be able to get help to pay for part or all of a variety of home energy saving improvements.

Sustainable Warmth Scheme

Household Energy Efficiency Grants 

Funding is available for eligible households under the Government's Green Homes Grant scheme.
The grant project is being run by Action Surrey on behalf of all Surrey local authorities and provides funds for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and solar renewable technology.
Grants of up to £25,000 are available for eligible Surrey residents to help make their homes warmer and more energy efficient.  
The grants are means tested.
To check if you are eligible, call Action Surrey for free on 0800 783 2503 or visit the Action Surrey website for more information and to submit an online enquiry.

Solar Together

Surrey County Council, working with SHBC and other Surrey boroughs and districts, launched the Solar Together scheme in 2021 to offer Surrey residents the chance to buy solar panels for their homes through a group-buying scheme.
Solar panels are a way to generate green energy for homes, whilst also saving money on energy bills. For residents who already have solar panels, the scheme also allowed them to purchase batteries to store solar energy, thereby reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
Solar Together enabled residents to join a group-buying scheme to get the best deal for everyone. 
The scheme included:
  • Solar panels with optional battery storage.
  • Electric vehicle charging points.
  • Retrofit battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate.
To find out more and register interest for future schemes visit Solar Together Surrey 
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