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Saving energy at home

Advice and support to help make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your energy bills.

Advice for council tenants

In addition to the advice for everyone, below are some specific things you can do as a council tenant.

We provide homes for 12,000 families across Westminster. We are committed to improving the energy efficiency of our council homes, to help improve living conditions and save money for tenants, as well as reduce carbon emissions. Find out more below.   

Energy café

Morgan Sindall Property Services (MSPS), our repairs and maintenance contractor delivers energy advice sessions for Westminster Housing residents.

Those running the sessions have passed a Level 3 qualification in Energy Awareness with the National Energy Action, enabling them to advise residents on the following:

  • What to do if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills 
  • Making sure your home is energy efficient
  • Keeping your home free from condensation and mould growth
  • The best boiler controls for heating your home efficiently
  • Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills
  • Signposting for extra support to other agencies

Find out more about the energy advice sessions ;and how you can get in involved.

Energy saving work for council tenants

Since 2021, we have helped over 600 households to save money on their energy bills with energy saving works at home. These works are helping to address cost of living pressures and make a real difference to people’s homes, helping them feel warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

We are initially focusing on the least energy efficient homes in the borough. We will contact you directly if you are eligible for fully-funded improvements, such as insulation and improved window glazing.

Benefits of energy-saving works

We estimate that residents could save between £50 and £300 per year on their energy bills, with most saving around £200. Each home is different, and the expected savings are discussed with residents before the work starts. Measures include:

  • Internal Wall insulation
  • Secondary Glazing
  • New external doors
  • Floor, loft and cavity insulation
  • Electrified heating where possible
  • Solar PV panels
  • Smart airbricks

Energy saving works have also helped save around 1 tonne of CO² per home per year, and improved Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings from E/D/F to B/C.

Next steps

We plan to retrofit a further 560 homes over the next two years, focusing on homes with energy performance ratings (EPC D and below). A successful bid for match funding from the Department of Energy Efficiency and Net Zero means that we have a total of £10 million committed to this work.

In 2024 we plan to publish our retrofit strategy, outlining what type of improvements will be considered for each estate and the timeframes for delivery. 

Find out more

We are contacting Westminster tenants in the least energy efficient homes directly to offer the works. However, if you would like to enquire about work to your home you can contact us on [email protected] 

To find out more about retrofit measures, and the kind of benefits they can bring, see our energy saving show home.

Housing income team

If you continue to have financial difficulties please speak to our specialist Income team to see what further advice and support may be available on 0800 358 3783 or [email protected]

Repairs and maintenance

To report a repair to your home please contact us on 0800 358 3783 or [email protected]

Help paying your bills

If you're struggling to pay your energy bills, check our cost of living hub for advice and support.

If your heating and hot water is supplied by the council through a communal system, and you are having difficulties with payments please get in contact with us as soon as possible. Contact us at 0800 358 3783 or [email protected]

Published: 24 February 2023

Last updated: 14 March 2024