The more energy efficient our homes are the less they cost to heat and keep warm. 

Home energy efficiency is also one of the biggest areas where we can have an effect on the emission of greenhouse gases. The more efficiently we use energy in our homes the more we can reduce our contribution to the impacts these gases cause - and reduce the bills too. 

We have planned locally how we intend to work towards improving energy efficiency across housing with our affordable warmth strategy that runs from 2016 to 2019. A new plan will be available in 2020.

Herefordshire faces some particular challenges that impact upon the emission of greenhouse gases, including:

  • A much higher proportion of detached and older (pre-1900) housing than nationally, which can be poorly insulated and requires more energy to heat
  • Relatively large numbers of properties without access to mains services, some of which use coal for heating

Our strategy and action plan aim to bring agencies together to reduce health and poverty impacts and help residents gain access to energy efficiency grants and benefits.

Financial help or advice to heat your home

Funding is available to help low income, private occupiers, including homeowners and privately renting tenants, to make energy efficiency changes to their homes. These can include installing first time central heating, such as mains gas, LPG or renewable heating. 

Free and impartial energy advice is available to local residents from the Keep Herefordshire Warm website or by calling their advice line on 0800 677 1432. 

The service also offers advice on energy tariffs and discounts, suppliers, and how to better use energy at home.

How to check the energy efficiency of your home

If you live in Hereford or one of the market towns, you can check how well insulated your property is on our heat loss map or find the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your house. EPCs show the energy efficiency for a property. You can also access individual property EPCs on the Landmark Information Group site. 

There's a range of tips and ideas for improving the energy efficiency and warmth of your home at Keep Herefordshire Warm.

For tips on staying warm and well please visit our Stay Warm, Stay Well page.

Our affordable warmth strategy and reports

We publish our progress in meeting the action plan outlined in our affordable warmth strategyevery two years, as required by the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA).

The latest report is the second Progress Update, outlining progress from April 2015 to March 2017 and our plans from April 2017 to March 2019. A further update is planned in conjunction with the revised Affordable Warmth Strategy in 2020.

Our Statement of Intent

The council has a Statement of Intent V4 to take advantage of the ECO3 Flexible Eligibility scheme. This enables the council to set criteria to direct assistance towards local private sector homes at risk of fuel poverty, but which fall outside of the normal rules of ECO (usually qualifying benefits).

Herefordshire Council has access to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data for over 20,000 properties in the county. Individual property EPCs can be accessed via Landmark Information Group or to view mapped EPC data for the county search our Energy Performance Certificates map.

Contact us about home energy related matters at energy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Affordable warmth strategy and reporting documents