Buckinghamshire Council is pleased to announce that its Energy Doctor scheme is now able to offer new water-saving devices to help low-income households save money on their water and energy bills.
The Energy Doctor scheme provides a range of resource-saving measures to eligible households. These now include:
aerating shower heads
4-minute shower timers
cistern water displacement bags for use in non-dual flush toilets
Using an aerated shower head or shower timer is estimated to save £50 in terms of household annual water and energy costs. The cistern water displacement bags displace around 1 litre of water every flush – which can achieve savings of approximately 4,800 litres per year.
Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, Gareth Williams, said:
"We are committed to helping our residents save money on their utility bills while also reducing their carbon footprint. These new water-saving devices provided by the Energy Doctor scheme are an excellent way for households to do both.
“We encourage all eligible households to take advantage of this opportunity and the other energy-saving measures available through the scheme, which include draught proofing, reflective radiator panels and LED lightbulbs.”
For more information about the Energy Doctor scheme, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit Buckinghamshire Council’s website.
Residents who don’t qualify for the Energy Doctor scheme may still be able to access some water-saving measures through their water supplier.
Image: aerating shower heads
Image: 4-minute shower timers
Over 170 visits have been made by Energy Doctors since the scheme was launched and 53% of these visits have been made to properties in Opportunity Bucks areas. Average savings per household per annum from an Energy Doctor visit are currently estimated to be £113 and 0.51 TCO2e.
Eligibility for the Energy Doctor scheme
To qualify for a visit, your home must meet all of the following criteria:
you rent the property through a private rental agreement, or own and live in the property
your household has an income of £30,000 or less (before tax), is in receipt of means tested benefits such as Universal Credit and Council Tax Support, or a member of your household is disabled
the domestic property you live in has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G, or does not legally require an EPC
We will prioritise visits for those who meet these eligibility criteria and live in Opportunity Bucks areas.