Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: “Hampshire County Council has committed to a target of net zero carbon by 2050, and, to achieve this, we need everyone on board.
“Nearly 24% of Hampshire’s total carbon emissions come from domestic energy, and energy bills are a significant outgoing for most households. This is why the County Council has joined forces with the Environment Centre to make it easy for Hampshire residents to save money at the same time as contributing to the overall carbon reduction target for the whole of Hampshire.”
The Environment Centre offers trusted and straightforward advice on energy efficiency, insulation and reducing energy bills.
Councillor Jan Warwick, Hampshire County Council’s Climate Change Advisor to the Executive, said: “With more of us working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with winter fast approaching, our home energy bills are likely to be increasing. Making our homes more energy efficient will save money on heating and electricity bills at the same time as reducing carbon emissions. These changes may seem small, but the more people who make them, the greater the impact on bringing down Hampshire’s carbon emissions will be. We can all make a difference.”
As well as advice on energy bills, Hampshire residents can find out more about renewable energy options, switching to a green tariff or saving water from the Environment Centre. This is a free service for Hampshire residents, who can access advice by calling: 0800 804 8601 or going online: https://environmentcentre.com
Advice is also available on the Green Homes Grant scheme, launched by the Government in September 2020, which allows homeowners and landlords in England to apply for vouchers to pay for green improvements, such as insulation and draught proofing. The grant covers two-thirds of the cost up to £5,000 per household. For households on low incomes, the scheme can fully fund energy efficiency measures of up to £10,000. Find out more
Additionally, everyone can adopt some easy habits to save money on energy bills while reducing carbon emissions:
- Turn off the lights in rooms you’re not using
- Turn off appliances at night and when not in use
- Don’t leave your phone or laptop charger plugged in once the device is charged
- Don’t fill the kettle with more water than you need
- Bleed radiators to ensure they all work efficiently
- Reduce the thermostat by 1 degree and set the heating on a timer
- Buy some draught excluders
- Wear a jumper!