Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home

Take action: In your home

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From installing renewable energy sources of energy, to getting a free Smart Meter, there are a range of improvements we can make at home to take action on climate change. Find out more below:

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The Council is a member of the Northants Warm Homes partnership, a group of all local authorities in Northamptonshire which works together to reduce fuel poverty, lower carbon emissions, and to help keep residents warmer in their homes. 

The partnership provides help and advice to all residents of Northamptonshire who want to lower their fuel bills through insulation and other home energy improvements.

Find out more on the Northants Warm Homes website

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The Northants Warm Homes partnership has secured nearly £4 million to provide fully-funded gas central heating for fuel poor homes across Northamptonshire that do not already have it. 

The Warm Homes Fund aims to help those most in need of support, including people on a low income that have high energy bills, and who are vulnerable to the cold because of health conditions. 

The project aims to put ‘first-time’ gas central heating in homes, so properties with central heating powered by oil, or in villages which are off the gas network, are not eligible. 

Find out more about the Warm Homes Fund on the Northants Warm Homes website


The Northamptonshire Energy Saving Service (NESS) is a new multi-agency service providing advice and information which is free, independent and confidential.

The service is a three year project (from 2018-2021) which has been funded by National Grid's Warm Homes Fund to help tackle fuel poverty across Northamptonshire.

Find out more on the Northamptonshire Energy Saving Service website

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Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes.

Vouchers of £5,000 are available under the scheme, providing funding towards a range of improvements such as insulation, low carbon heating measures, new windows and doors, and better heating controls. Households on lower incomes may be able to secure vouchers to the value of £10,000.

Find out more information about the Green Homes Grant


An independent, impartial advice service which works to reduce our energy consumption and accelerate a move to sustainable, low carbon lifestyles. They can offer advice on:


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Free smart meters for gas and electricity are being rolled out to all homes in Britain in a process which will be completed by 2024.

The meters are provided and installed by energy suppliers and replace the old-style meters. Households are given a portable display unit on which people can monitor their gas and electricity usage and costs in real-time.

The meters also send energy readings to energy suppliers, removing the need for estimated bills and making the process of billing far simpler for everyone.

You can refuse to have a smart meter, but they have a lot of advantages over the existing meters. Trained installers will fit the smart meters and will carry identification. Please check their ID before inviting them into your property and phone your supplier if you have any concerns.

Visit the Smart Energy website for more information 

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Big Switch Daventry District is a joint effort between Daventry District Council and iChoosr to use collective purchasing power to secure better energy deals for residents.

Everyone who registers for the Big Switch is entered into a national collective, with energy companies invited to bid for their custom in an auction. 

Because the auction is an opportunity for energy companies to secure thousands of customers in one go, the deals they offer in a bid to win that auction are often better than those advertised to the general public.  

Only companies offering tariffs with 100% renewable electricity are able to enter the auction, so switching through the scheme is also kinder to the environment.

Find out more on our Big Switch page


Reducing what you waste is a great way to limit your impact on the environment. Pick up some top tips for reducing the amount of waste you produce

Reusing items is another good way to save waste.

For information on Council waste and recycling collection services and how to get the most out of them, please visit the Council's recycling pages

You can also find out where your recycling goes here

Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities. 

WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.

Visit the Recycle Now website for more advice about recycling 


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There are many reasons why people choose to cycle and many reasons why you should consider it. Cycling, for whatever purpose, has proven health benefits, helping to ensure both your physical and mental wellbeing. There is also a wealth of environmental benefits, not just for individuals, but also for the wider community.

Information on cycling in Northamptonshire can be found on the Cycle Northants website

 Access a Daventry Cycle map

Other sources of help and advice

Yelvertoft Oil Buying Consortium

The Yelvertoft Oil Buying Consortium has been set-up to help people buy oil at lower prices as well as providing alternative oil payment opportunities.  Find out more about the Yelvertoft Oil Buying Consortium

Find Renewable Energy Installers

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) lists local installers meeting their internationally recognised standard. Visit the MCS website to find out more.