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:
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.
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.
The gov.uk website has more details on the warm home discount scheme.
The Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) was introduced to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of let residential properties.
If you are a tenant living in a private rented property then you may be able to point your landlord in the right direction. The gov.uk website has more details on LESA.
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:
Email 60plusFlexiLoans@slough.gov.uk if you would like more information.
In January 2013, the UK Government launched its new flagship programme called Green Deal to help improve the energy efficiency of UK homes.
This scheme will provide finance to help home owners and landlords to install some or all energy efficiency and energy generation measures in their homes. This money is then paid back by home owners with interest through their electricity bills.
The gov.uk website has more details on the Green Deal energy saving measures.
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:
The gov.uk website has more details on energy company obligations.
The Energy Saving Trust's website can help you find a grant and other offers to help save energy.
You can find lots more energy saving tips on the Energy Saving Trust website.