Make your home more energy efficient

There are a number of ways to make your home more energy efficient. They can help you to keep your house warm and your bills affordable over the winter months and all year round. These are the schemes we have up and running currently. 

Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP)

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LEAP is a free service that is helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money. It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants.

For more information about the scheme visit the LEAP website or call 0800 060 7567.

Once LEAP have checked your eligibility, you will get a free home visit from a qualified Home Energy Advisor who can help with:

  • Installing free, simple home energy measures such as LED lighting and draught proofing.
  • Giving you day-to-day energy efficiency hints and tips and making sure your heating controller is working correctly.
  • Checking if you are on the cheapest tariff.
  • Arranging a free telephone advice service to help with benefits, money and bill problems.
  • Refering you for further energy efficiency improvements such as loft or cavity wall insulation and in some instances a new boiler.

The criteria for eligibility for assistance in Trafford is available on the GMCA website

Free central heating systems to help vulnerable households get ready for winter

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This limited offer is part of Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund which will install a free ‘first-time’ central heating system in 500 homes across Greater Manchester on a first come, first served basis.

It aims to provide a helping hand to vulnerable households that do not currently have a central heating system and who, during the colder months, are struggling to stay warm.

It is open to both homeowners and private tenants (with their landlord’s permission) who meet eligibility criteria based on income, health or other personal circumstances.  This scheme will close once all available funds have been allocated, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible. The first step in the process for Trafford households is to get in touch with LEAP on 0800 060 7567 to check their eligibility. 

Priority Service Register (PSR)

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The PSR provides extra support for vulnerable customers from energy suppliers.

Many gas and electricity suppliers offer special services to customers who are:

  • of pensionable age
  • disabled
  • suffering from a chronic illness
  • have visual or hearing impairment

For more information visit the Citizens Advice website.  

More support available

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The Warm Homes Discount (WHD)  

This is a £140 credit to your electricity bill; this is not paid direct to you. Each utility supplier has their own eligibility criteria and they will use this to decide who may get the discount. Check the website to see if you qualify and how to apply.

The Winter Fuel Payment

This is a tax free payment to people who were born on or before 5th May 1953 to help with their heating bills. Most payments are made automatically between November and December. Visit the GOV.UK website for more information. 

The Cold Weather Payment

This is a payment you'll receive if you are in receipt of certain benefits. If eligible, you will get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for seven consecutive days. Check the GOV.UK website for more details.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Flexible Eligibilty Statement of Intent from 2022

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Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funds are provided by energy suppliers to assist fuel poor, low income and vulnerable residents.

In February 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published updated guidance for local authorities on engaging with energy suppliers to identify households that would benefit from energy efficiency improvements. This maintains the ECO flexible eligibility mechanism, through which local authorities can set eligibility criteria in a Statement of Intent (SOI) to determine which fuel poor, low income and vulnerable residents are eligible for ECO flexible eligibility funds.

In Greater Manchester, it's been agreed that there will be one Statement of Intent covering all ten districts, including Trafford. Declarations of eligibility will only be issued for Greater Manchester wide or Local Authority led schemes via the affordable warmth service operating in each district.