Home energy

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to both UK and global security and prosperity. There is an overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is happening, and that it is very likely to be primarily the result of human activity. It is therefore vital that we reduce home energy use and as a result our carbon footprints, which contribute to climate change.

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. The strategy and action plan it contains aims to bring agencies together to reduce health and poverty impacts and aid residents to gain access to energy efficiency grants and benefits. Progress will be published every two years in-line with requirements under 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. Authorities are required to publish further reports every two years.

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

Following broad guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we can access, via our energy efficiency body Keep Herefordshire Warm, Flexible Eligibility funds on the production of this Statement of Intent .

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