Home Energy Conservation Act
The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 requires English Local Authorities to produce a report that sets out the energy conservation measures that the Authority considers practicable, cost- effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area. Since March 2013 it has been a statutory requirement that all Councils publish a report every two years (up to and including 31 March 2027) on how they plan to improve domestic energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty in their area.
Carbon dioxide emissions from housing contribute up to a third of all such emissions. Households can act to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their overall costs and improve their home environment by updating their homes with cavity wall and loft insulation and boiler replacements, when required. Retrofitting of insulation measures is essential to achieve carbon saving targets and future-proof our housing against rising fuel costs.
Improving the energy efficiency of housing plays a major role in alleviating the risk of fuel poverty, helping households to achieve affordable warmth and reduce the negative health effects from living in cold homes.
Wakefield Council's 2019 HECA Report sets out the energy efficiency initiatives, which the Council has delivered during 2017-19 and will deliver between in 2019-2021. The measures are what the Council considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvements in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation and a reduction in the risk of fuel poverty.
The 2019 HECA Report includes activity that are key priorities in the Wakefield Energy Plan and the new Wakefield Housing Plan 2019-22. It includes some previously delivered key projects and outlines Wakefield Council's plan to:
- Deliver targeted home energy efficiency improvement schemes providing insulation and heating improvements that use the Energy Company Obligation (ECO);
- Deliver domestic carbon reduction activity that builds on the Council’s ‘Climate Emergency’ motion approved in May 2019;
- Establish a local domestic energy tariff;
- Deliver an on-going programme of holistic fuel poverty support;
- Work with partners to identify opportunities, develop new schemes and secure funding;
- Work with health and social care partners as part of the ‘health and housing’ agenda to raise awareness, improve links and set up referral systems.