Energy Efficiency

There are lots of measures that can be undertaken to improve the energy efficiency of most homes. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) makes recommendations about measures you could undertake to help improve the energy efficiency of your property. Check to see if your home has an EPC rating.

The government and energy companies provide grants to help households undertake efficiency measures - see our Home Efficiency Grants page for more information of grants available. 

A good source of information on energy improvement measures and 'retrofitting' existing properties is available on the TrustMark website. 

Ofgem has lots of information about environmental and social schemes, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Smart Export Guarantee, on their website.

Information about renewable heating sources including the Cambridgeshire Solar Together scheme can also be found on our Renewable Energy page.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation are available free of charge to residents on low incomes who are vulnerable to the cold and/or live in homes that are hard to heat. The measures are funded by the bigger energy companies under an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme and delivered by private installation companies who are able to access this funding.

Since 2018 local councils have had the power to widen the eligibility criteria for ECO, allowing more residents, in addition to those claiming benefits, to qualify for ECO funding on the basis of low incomes, health or age. We have set out details of how we will identify such households in our ECO Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent.

We provide verification of eligibility declarations to private installation companies working in our area, allowing them to access funding to install energy efficiency measures. We do this on the basis of signed declarations from householders. We follow up a proportion of these for audit purposes, 

Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement on Intent 

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Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 Progress Report

01 April 2019 to 31 March 2021 - 

The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA) requires all local authorities (LA) in England to submit reports to the Secretary of State demonstrating what energy conservation measures they have adopted to improve the energy efficiency of residential accomodation within that LA's area. This covers measures to improve properties in the owner-occupier, private rented sector, and social rented sector.

This is a bi-annual report and will be updated again in 2023.