Switch to a clean, green energy supplier

Why not switch to a trusted energy supplier who uses wind/solar or hydro power to generate their energy. A typical home could save hundreds of pounds. Switching is easy and can be done in around 10 minutes. Support the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch.

Make your home more energy efficient

3. Other ways to improve your home energy efficiency

Home energy efficiency funding

The Energy Company Obligation Scheme is the new government and energy company home efficiency funding. In Greater Manchester, it now covers homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of a Grade D or below.

Following government guidance, GMCA and the 10 Greater Manchester councils have procured 3 contractors. Each council has one contractor to work directly with. For us, this is ImprovEasy.

To be assessed for energy efficiency grant funding and advice you can:

The eligibility criteria set by all 10 Greater Manchester Councils is in the statement of intent on the GMCA website.

Read more about the ECO Flex scheme on the GM Green City website.

Connected for Warmth Programme

Homes across Greater Manchester can get a new central heating system fitted for free thanks to the Connected for Warmth Programme. To find out if you're eligible you can visit the Connected for Warmth website or call the Connected for Warmth team for free on 0800 029 4547.

Free home energy check

The Home Energy Check is a free online calculator to help you with ways to reduce your energy bills. Please note this will not produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).


An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) tells prospective buyers about the energy performance of the house. This rating is awarded by an accredited Energy Assessor. They'll visit the property to collect the relevant data and create the certificate. Each Energy Performance Certificate includes an energy efficiency rating that indicates the overall efficiency rating of a home. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient it is. It also indicates the potential for improvement.

For more information on EPCs, visit the GOV.UK website.

Smart meters

These give you more control of how much energy you use in almost real time for both electricity and gas. There are no upfront costs. Find out more by visiting Smart Energy.

Draught proofing

For more information read our draught proof leaflet (PDF 277Kb).

You can find information about how to draught proof your home on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Cavity wall and loft insulation

35% of heat loss in your home is through your walls and 25% through your roof.

You can find out how to reduce heat loss in your home on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Home insulation guide for elderly people

When winter rolls around it brings inevitable illnesses such as coughs and colds. However, for many people and especially the elderly, winter can cause a number of more serious health complaints. The home insulation guide for the elderly provides practical advice, tips and trick to help you stay warm and healthy during the winter months.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is produced from natural sources. For example; the sun, wind and water.

You can find information about renewable energy on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Damp and condensation

Poorly designed and installed measures can increase the risk of excessive condensation and mould growth. For more information read our damp and condensation leaflet (PDF 237Kb).

Email energy.efficiency@stockport.gov.uk for more information.