Dales households save money by going green

Dales residents have saved more than £43.000 in energy bills thanks to a council scheme.

Last autumn, Derbyshire Dales District Council urged residents to prepare for winter and beat rising energy prices by applying for subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation.

Hundreds of households did just that, resulting in an annual CO2 saving of 220 Tonnes.

The District Council’s Warmstreets insulation scheme offers householders and private tenants free and discounted loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

Call 0800 043 9569, or if calling from a mobile 0333 557 9569. Alternatively, visit www.warmstreets.co.uk for more details. Warmstreets provides deals in renewable technologies, external wall insulation, replacement heating systems and other home improvements.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Steve Bull, said: “We’ve enjoyed a warm spell of late but our message is to prepare for winter now to save cash when you really need the energy.

“People can also think about upgrading heating systems, replacing old, energy-guzzling appliances, insulating hot water tanks and taking draught proof measures. Simple lifestyle changes such as not over-filling the kettle or using lids on saucepans can also reduce bills and save money. It is also possible to save money by switching energy supplier or changing your method of payment.”

Despite the good work in encouraging people to make their homes more energy efficient, an estimated 24.4% households live in fuel poverty in the Derbyshire Dales.

Many residents rely on more expensive fuel types such as oil, where prices have been extremely turbulent over the last couple of years. Derbyshire Dales District Council is addressing this issue by working with Rural Action Derbyshire to promote an Oil Buying Scheme. The scheme was launched in November last year and has seen many members saving money on their heating oil. More information about the scheme is available online at www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/oil or phone 01629 824797.