Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Closes

DECC have announced that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed:

“Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed for applications with immediate effect. A surge in applications over the last two days means the allocated budget has now been reached. All applications received prior to the fund closing that satisfy the terms and conditions and meet the eligibility criteria will be honoured at the original rates. The Department of Energy and Climate Change will monitor voucher redemption rates and will consider whether to launch a further offer should funds become available.”

This means that people wishing to install energy efficiency improvements through the Green Deal are no longer able to access additional national government incentives. There are, however, a number of local schemes in Hampshire which may be able to offer help towards the costs of a variety of energy efficiency measures. Contact us to find out if you may be eligible.

Government Press release: (Published 24 July 2014)

More households now eligible for subsidised or free insulation

The government announced the results of their consultation into the future of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) yesterday. For an in-depth summary of the changes see our update.

Among the changes are expansion of the areas eligible for free or subsidised insulation through the Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO). The map below shows the areas in Hampshire which are now eligible (red indicates the original areas and yellow the new areas).

The changes to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) also mean that all easy-to-treat cavity walls and lofts are eligible for grants towards the cost of the work and we will provide more information about this as soon as we can.

If you would like more information then contact us to find out more.

Eastleigh Borough Council Sustainability Awards

Eastleigh Borough Council is currently looking for entries for their Sustainability Awards. The inaugural awards are ‘a celebration of shining examples of sustainability within the borough’.

The awards are open to residents, businesses and schools that have made real efforts to reduce their impact on the environment. There are six categories open to anyone living or working in the borough:

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School and Further Education
  • Small Business
  • Community
  • Sustainable Building
  • Innovation

For more information see the awards website or contact Giles Gooding: Email:,  Twitter@EcoEastleigh, Tel: 023 8068 8274.

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CRUMBS Project in Southampton

CRUMBS (Co-ordinated re-use makes business sense) is a new project delivered in partnership between Southampton City Council and SCRATCH. The project aims to support Southampton SMEs in reducing waste, saving money and improving carbon emissions.

So, if you are a local SME looking to pass on or pick up unwanted office furniture and equipment, or in the food and drink industry with surplus food you want to distribute to projects and charities working with vulnerable people in the City you should find out more about the project!

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For more information and to find out how this project could benefit your organisation, have a look at our webpage about CRUMBS or the CRUMBS website, and you can follow updates about CRUMBS on Facebook or Twitter.

NEA Community Action Award Winner 2013-14

We are pleased to announce that we won an NEA Community Action Award for our affordable warmth work in Southampton, in partnership with Southampton City Council, Age UK Southampton, Society of St James Handy Person’s Service and other agencies in the Southampton Warmth for All Partnership. The award was presented to us last Wednesday by Sarah from National Energy Action (NEA) at Southampton Civic Centre.

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L-R: Christabel Watts (tEC), Rebekah Kerns (British Gas), Adam Goulden (tEC), Sarah Wright (NEA), Cllr Warwick Payne, Janet Hawkins (SCC), Helen Farley (tEC), Debbie Chase (SCC).

STOP the Cold is an affordable warmth campaign aimed at helping Southampton residents to keep warm and healthy during the winter months. The project supports a free phone advice line offering information and advice on all aspects of affordable warmth, including access to grants and loans for energy efficiency improvements, and a signposting service to over 40 organisations. STOP has been fortunate in that it has been able to combine with a number of our other projects in Southampton to enable vulnerable residents to take advantage of a free and confidential home visit advice service focusing on home energy efficiency, one-to-one support with energy efficiency grants and loans, draught-proofing, reducing energy usage at home, energy bill tariffs and payments, heating and hot water controls, condensation and mould, benefits and heating costs. The intended outcomes of STOP are reduced excess winter deaths, decreased levels of fuel poverty and a greater understanding of issues surrounding the impact of cold homes on health and wellbeing.

Outcomes so far include:

  • Over 1,500 calls handled by the advice line,
  • Over 400 home visits to increase awareness of energy efficiency & signpost to appropriate sources of help,
  • Dedicated web pages promoting benefits of energy efficiency, grant/loan opportunities, as well as, top tips and downloadable advice guides,
  • ECO CSCO mapping for use by Southampton residents, CVOs and council staff, and
  • 6 DIY workshops & 3 community presentations leading to 110 draught proofing measures installed.

Thank you to NEA for the award and to Southampton City Council for their continued support.

Employment opportunity at tEC

Finance and Administration Officer

We are looking for an experienced finance and administration officer to join our small and friendly team. You will be confident in managing your own workload and the ability to work under pressure is very important for this role.

Educated to degree level or with relevant workplace experience the ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of Sage Accounts, Sage Payroll, MS Excel and MS Word. You will also be able to produce management accounts, cash flow and manage the day to day running of the office.

About tEC
Established in 1993 the Environment Centre (tEC) is an independent charity based in Southampton. Our mission is to provide practical support to individuals, communities and businesses wanting to enhance their environment and reduce their use of natural resources. For more information and a job specification please contact Ros White.

How to apply
To apply, please provide a covering letter (no more than one side of A4) and a current CV to Ros White.

We will contact you on 4th August if we have decided to invite you to interview.  

Contract:    Permanent
Salary:         £24-26,000 per annum, pro rata
Hours:         22.5 hours per week (3 days a week)

Deadline: 12 noon, 31st July 2014

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th or Tuesday 12th August 2014

Job Specification: To see the full job specification, please click here.

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DIY Skills Spreading through the City

Our exciting Energy Action Southampton project has come to a successful conclusion, spreading the DIY Energy Saving message to communities across Southampton. We’ve helped more than 1,390 people find out how they can keep their home warm and cosy, and provided 300 households with all the materials they need to have a go at installing draught proofing, secondary glazing and thermal curtain liners.

For the last eighteen months we’ve been talking to community groups, putting on workshops, visiting schools and taking our Cosy Homes Roadshow to fairs and events. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the groups and individuals who took part in this project and helped to make it such a success.

If you missed out on our workshops and talks, then check out our resources page where you’ll find our range of how-to guides for DIY Energy Efficiency. You can also find out how to arrange a talk or workshop for your organisation.

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Funding to boost the Green Deal for Local Authorities

24 Local Authorities have won funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to boost uptake in the Green Deal through Green Deal Communities funding. A consortium of local and unitary authorities in the Solent region (Eastleigh, Gosport, Portsmouth and Southampton) were successful in their bid for a share of the £88 million on offer, as were East Hants District Council.

The DECC press release says that:

“the scheme will be rolled out on a street-by-street basis and will aim to help around 32,000 households install energy efficiency home improvements like solid wall insulation and hew heating systems so that they have warm, more energy efficient homes and better control of their energy bills.”

For more information about the Green Deal, see our Green Deal pages or visit the Solent Green Deal website.


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Council project to help residents save money

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Find out how your home could be more energy efficient to save you money on your gas and electricity bills, with a Solent Green Deal assessment from your local council.

Solent Green Deal is a partnership of eleven councils across the region. The scheme provides impartial and trustworthy advice to help people make energy efficient improvements to their homes in an affordable way, using council approved local contractors.

A Solent Green Deal assessor will inspect your home to see how energy efficient it is and recommend improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, double glazing, smart meters, solar power or biomass boilers. They will estimate how much this could save on energy bills and put you in touch with one of the three Solent Green Deal providers. Once the work has been completed they will complete another check and provide an energy performance certificate (EPC).

Some people will be eligible for an ECO grant to help pay for the work or a Green Deal loan which can be gradually repaid through the money that will be saved in energy bills.

Solent Green Deal consists of; Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester city councils; Havant, Fareham, Gosport, Eastleigh, Test Valley and Rushmoor borough councils, and East Hampshire and New Forest district councils.

The Environment Centre (tEC) can refer you to the Solent Green Deal and additionally check if you might be eligible for extra help such as temporary emergency heating, benefits advice and energy bill discounts. You can call us on 0800 804 8601 for more information or visit our projects pages.

If you would like to contact the Solent Green Deal team directly, visit or call Freephone 0800 052 2242.

If you live in the Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council or Hart District Council areas then there is a separate project called Energy Action North Hampshire. See this news article:


NEW tEC Home Visit Service

We are now offering a new home visit service to Southampton residents*.

This free and confidential home visit advice service focusses on keeping warm and saving energy at home. It is available to individuals or households, aged under 60, who are owner-occupiers or private tenants (we have a separate Money Matters scheme with Age UK Southampton helping those over 60!).

The home visit could include advice and help with:

  • Home energy efficiency,
  • Energy efficiency grants and finance options,
  • Draught-proofing,
  • Reducing energy usage at home,
  • Energy bill tariffs and payments,
  • Heating and hot water controls,
  • Condensation and mould,
  • Benefits and heating costs.

If you think you, or anyone you know, would benefit with advice or help with any of the above issues, please call us on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (or 02380 336172 from your mobile, if 0800 numbers are not free for you) to find out more or book a visit.

*Subject to eligibility and availability.