Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home

Northants Warm Homes Partnership 280

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.

The partnership has published a statement of intent outlining the flexible eligibility criteria for funding secured through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat programme.

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


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 about this service at the NESS website

Other sources of help and advice

The Energy Saving Trust 

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:

Take their free Home Energy Check to see how you could save money and make your home more comfortable.

Free advice on home energy efficiency measures is also available on the Simple Energy Advice website.


Smart Meters

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 

Big Switch Daventry District

A collective energy switching scheme which aims to provide a simple process for switching your energy provider in order to save money on your fuel bills.  Find out more on our Big Switch page

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 on the Yelvertoft Oil Buying Consortium website


Renewable Heat Incentive

Businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations can get help meeting the cost of installing renewable heat technologies with this Government initiative.  Find out how the Renewable Heat Incentive could help you 

Find Renewable Energy Installers

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