Energy efficiency

Home energy grants and information

Smart meter rollout

Smart Energy GB is the national campaign for the smart meter rollout. By the end of 2020, around 50 million smart meters will be fitted in over 26 million households across Wales, Scotland and England. This is the biggest national infrastructure project in our lifetimes.

Installation stage 2016 - 2020

The smart meter rollout gets going in 2016. The gas and electricity suppliers are responsible for planning and delivering smart meter installation. They can do this however suits their customers and business best, but they must meet the Government's overall timescale and targets along the way.

All the energy suppliers have different plans for smart meter installation, depending on factors like the location of their main customer base.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change will manage the implementation of the programme, and monitor its progress.

The energy regulator Ofgem is responsible for making sure consumers are protected during the installation phase (and beyond). They will make sure the energy suppliers stick to the standards set out in the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICOP).

Thermal imaging

An aerial heat loss survey of Slough was carried out in March 2013. It has been used to produce a map of Slough’s buildings and how much heat each property is losing. It aims to help residents and businesses understand if their properties would benefit from any further energy efficiency measures. This could be insulating their properties to reduce energy bills.

The thermal image shows how energy efficient your property is - it shows the amount of heat lost or ‘leaking’ from a property. The colour legend located on the map has a sliding scale of heat loss:

  • the nearer a property is to red, the higher the heat loss
  • the nearer a property is to blue, the lower is the heat loss.

Cold weather payments

You may get a cold weather payment if you get certain benefits. Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
The gov.uk website has more details on cold weather payments.

Winter fuel payments

You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1952. This is known as a winter fuel payment.

Most payments are usually made automatically between November and December if you get the state pension or another social security benefit (not housing benefit, council tax reduction or child benefit).

The gov.uk website has more details on winter fuel payments.

Warm home discount scheme

For winter 2013 to 2014, you could get a £135 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The discount won’t affect your cold weather payment or winter fuel payment.

The gov.uk website has more details on the warm home discount scheme.

Flexible Home Improvement Loans

We are a member of a consortium group of 17 local authorities offering Flexible Home Improvement Loans to homeowners aged 60 or over.

These loans may be used towards energy efficiency measures such as:

  • renewable energy generation technology such as solar panels and heat pumps etc
  • central heating or improvements to heating and hot water system
  • insulation and energy saving measures
  • replacement doors and windows
  • roof and structural repairs
  • replacement guttering, soffits and cladding
  • work to eradicate dampness, wet rot, dry rot and woodworm
  • new kitchens

Email 60plusFlexiLoans@slough.gov.uk if you would like more information.

Energy company obligation

You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home if you’re on certain benefits and own or privately rent your home. You may get all or part of the cost of:

  • loft or cavity wall insulation
  • boiler repairs or replacements.

The gov.uk website has more details on energy company obligations.

Advice on renewable energy

The Renewable Energy Centre website shows you how renewable energy would work for you and gives advice on:

  • installation of energy saving measures
  • a directory of contractors and suppliers
  • links to not-for-profit renewables organisations
  • links to sources of funding and further information.

Other home energy grants

The Energy Saving Trust's website can help you find a grant and other offers to help save energy.

Make your home energy efficient

You can find lots more energy saving tips on the Energy Saving Trust website.