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Make your home more energy efficient and save money

Information for home owners and tenants on how to save energy in your home.

Swansea Council, in partnership with Arbed am Byth have secured funding to supply energy efficiency measures to households in the Sandfields and surrounding area of Swansea that will benefit individuals, their homes and their community.  Qualifying households in Swansea have been sent letters inviting them to an open day meeting which will inform them of the free energy efficiency measures available to them.


Simple ways to save on your energy bills

  • Turn your thermostat down 1 degree
  • Fill unused space in your freezer with rolled newspaper
  • Draw your curtains at dusk
  • Switch the lights off in the rooms you don't utilise and use energy saving bulbs
  • Don't leave things on stand-by
  • Only fill and boil the kettle with the water you need
  • Use washing machines and dryers to full capacity unless you have half load settings
  • Don't leave taps dripping, especially hot water taps
  • Close doors to keep heat in rooms
  • Adjust the heating controls (see specific heating instructions)

Fuel poverty: If you spend more than 10% of your income on fuel bills then you are classed as being in fuel poverty. If it is 20% it is classed as being in severe fuel poverty.

Smart meters

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters, which will replace the traditional meters in our homes.

You will receive an in-home display, which shows exactly how much energy you're using, as you use it, and what it is costing in pounds and pence.

Bills will be accurate, not estimated as your meter readings will be shared directly with your energy supplier through a secure wireless network.

In the future, switching between suppliers, or between credit and prepay, will be quicker and easier. Prepay customers will be able to top up online or via mobile phone.

For more information visit our Smart meters page.

Contact your energy supplier today about installing your smart meter.

Nest NythNest

Nest is the Welsh Government fuel poverty programme. The Nest scheme is investing up to £100 million over 5 years to improve the energy efficiency of privately owned and privately rented properties. Each year around 4,000 eligible households will receive a home improvements package, this could include:

  • Loft/cavity wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • New boiler
  • Central heating
  • Renewable technologies

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Green Deal

Green Deal is a loan from a utility company that people pay back via their electricity bill over time, with interest. To qualify, the work must meet the 'Golden Rule' - savings from measures installed must be equal to or greater than the cost of repayment over the term of the green deal plan. There is an upfront charge for assessments usually £150 - £300.

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Energy Saving Trust

Energy saving ideas and advice.

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Resource Efficient Wales

This is a Welsh Government service providing people (domestic, business, community, voluntary and the public sector) with a single point of contact for support on using resources (energy, materials and water) more efficiently. The team can help people in Wales find the right support to become more efficient, including information on what support is available or referring callers to a range of support services.

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ECO (energy company obligation) funding 

This is focused on the needs of the lower income and most vulnerable and properties needing the next most cost-effective measures that do not meet the golden rule - for example for external wall insulation.

There are three strands of ECO funding:

  • Affordable warmth obligation
    • Low income/vulnerable households
    • Social housing tenants are NOT eligible
    • Means tested
    • Includes cavity wall and loft insulation
  • Carbon saving obligation
    • Provide funding to insulate solid walled properties with hard to treat cavities
    • Can be used in conjunction with Green Deal (provides a discount of the overall costs due to wall type)
    • Not means tested
  • Carbon savings communities obligation
    • Provide insulation measures to people living in the bottom 15% of the UK's most deprived areas
    • Expected to particularly benefit the Social Housing sector

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ECO-Flex is a government scheme which provides funding for energy efficiency improvements in the home such as a new central heating system, upgrades to the existing heating system and/or insulation - see our ECO-Flex page for more information.

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