Making your home warmer

Domestic heating currently accounts for 25% of UK energy use. We use so much energy for heating because many of our houses have little or no insulation, are draughty and lack basic energy efficiency technologies.

Cold, damp homes cause excess deaths in winter, particularly among the elderly. Living in a cold house greatly increases the risk of contracting a serious illness.

If you are concerned about your energy costs or would like ideas on how to save energy there is help available through the simple energy advice website.

Ways of insulating and draught proofing your home

There are many easy and inexpensive ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Installing better insulation is the most effective way to improve domestic energy efficiency and raise the standard of UK housing. As well as reducing the carbon emissions from domestic energy use, a better insulated home will save you money on bills.

Further information on insulating your home can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website. 

Financial help for low income households

If you’re a Newark and Sherwood resident on a low income, we want to help you to heat your home at an affordable cost. We’re here to help you find a better quality of life by living in a warm and comfortable home.

We do this by:

  • advising on offers and grants available
  • working with other local councils in an Energy Partnership (LAEP)
  • seeking funding opportunities to support residents with the cost of installing energy efficiency measures

For more information and advice, contact our energy team on 01636 650 000 or send us an email on help4u@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk.

Sustainable Warmth Competition

The Sustainable Warmth Competition (SWC) brings together two fuel poverty schemes to support low-income households and the most vulnerable by increasing the energy efficiency of their home, reducing bills, contributing to Net Zero targets, and supporting the transition to low-carbon heating. Find out more by reading the Sustainable Warmth Competition info sheet [55kb].