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Residential emissions

Information about the list of schemes available to help reduce residential carbon emissions

The Borough Council and its partners have a number of campaigns aimed at reducing residential carbon emissions and also reducing the rising cost of energy bills. These measures will offer local residents’ a choice on how they can reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their energy bills. There are a mix of schemes available for residents to choose which one is the most relevant to them.

Solar Together

Solar Together is a group buying scheme where residents can obtain a discount on the installation of a solar panel system with/or without battery storage.

You can find more details about the scheme here: https://solartogether.co.uk/kings-lynn-and-west-norfolk/home

You will need to sign up online by 27 September 2022. You will then receive a no obligation personnel recommendation from 17 October 2022. You will then have five weeks, depending on installer capacity, to decide if you want to take up the offer.

Some low-income households may be eligible for free solar panels installation via the ECO Flexibility Eligibility scheme which is listed below. We recommend they check this before considering the Solar Together scheme.

If the Solar Together scheme is not right for you, there are additional schemes that may assist you:-

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

This is a government led scheme where homeowners can get up to £5,000 towards the cost of installing a new air source heat pump or up to £6,000 for installing a ground source heat pump.

Further details can be found here: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20001/housing/966/boiler_upgrade_scheme

ECO Flexible Eligibility

This scheme requires the large energy companies to help improve domestic energy efficiency. There are a number of measures that could help reduce residential carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

Further details can be found here: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20001/housing/680/eco_flexible_eligibility

Home Energy Efficiency Advice

The Housing Standards Team have a dedicated webpage which provides general advice on home energy advice here: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20001/housing/595/home_energy_efficiency

Norfolk Warm Homes

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the other councils in Norfolk support a partnership called Norfolk Warm Homes, which can provide grants to pay for energy efficiency improvements to your home.

These could include improving the insulation in your homes so that less heat is lost or replacing a heating system that doesn’t work very well with a renewable air source heat pump.

Making these improvements will make your home easier to heat and it will stay warm for longer. This is good for you because you’ll use less energy, and your bills will be lower. It’s good for the environment too, because using less energy reduces your carbon footprint.

Grants for homeowners are for people whose gross household income is less than £30,000 and if the energy performance rating of the home is E or lower.

Anyone can contact Norfolk Warm Homes for advice on saving energy.

To find out if you qualify for help or to get advice, please visit the Norfolk Warm Homes website at www.norfolkwarmhomes.org.uk or call 01603 430103.

Community Action Norfolk

Community Action Norfolk is the leading organisation for engagement with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Norfolk. They work closely with VCSE organisations and other partners to build the positive relationships needed to collaboratively develop strategy, policy and services.

Thinking Fuel

Thinking Fuel is Community Action Norfolk’s collective oil buying scheme.

The price of heating oil is a big worry, with the price being unregulated, and unpredictable in recent months. A good way to get the best value and save money is to join a collective oil buying scheme.

Thinking Fuel is a well-established, dependable, Norfolk based scheme that offers a fair, flexible, and accessible way to buy oil. CAN’s expert buyers negotiate the best possible prices for its members which eliminates the need to shop around. Everyone pays the same low price per litre.

You do not have to pay to join and there is no obligation to buy.

For more information and to register visit www.thinkingfuel.org.uk or call 01362 698216

Norfolk Energy Switch

This is a collective energy switching scheme which local residents can sign up to.

Further details can be found here: https://www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk/sites/content/norfolk-energy-switch-helping-west-norfolk-consumers-make-real-savings-their-electricity-and

Tackling Fuel Poverty

Community Action Norfolk is the leading organisation for engagement with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Norfolk. They work closely with VCSE organisations and other partners to build the positive relationships needed to collaboratively develop strategy, policy and services.

They also provide advice on tackling fuel poverty on their website here: https://www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk/sites/content/tackling-fuel-poverty

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

This scheme relates to the energy efficiency of private rented accommodation. Landlords must ensure their properties reach a minimum energy efficiency standard.

Details of this scheme can be found here: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20001/housing/804/minimum_energy_efficiency_standards_mees

DWP Household Support Fund (BCKLWN)

The DWP Household Support Fund is returning to help with the rising costs of household bills, the BCKLWN is administering this fund. It is predominantly to support older people (over 65’s).

You can email hsf@west-norfolk.gov.uk where an individual will be triaged and supported if eligible.