Electricity efficiency ratingsWhat we want to achieve

With our estate

We will set up a plan to improve the efficiency of council-owned properties, known as ‘retrofitting’. Retrofitting is the addition of new technology or features to an old system. So rather than entirely replacing something, you improve it instead. This is often the more sustainable option, as it requires less energy and resources to replace a small section, rather than the entire system.

We will establish a strategy to ensure that the 3,000 homes owned by the council comply with national targets set by central government.

Area-wide

Work with residents and landlords to ensure that appropriate standards for rented homes are achieved. And support residents and business to improve the energy efficiency in their properties.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.

 

Regulate private landlords to ensure all rented homes in Medway comply with government Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. Deal with any complaints we receive regarding properties being marked as F rated under the government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

 

Improve how we communicate and signpost businesses and residents to discounts and energy grant schemes. Ensure we are including those in fuel poverty, on a low income and who are vulnerable to living in the cold due to ill health and age.

To achieve this, we will:

  • identify and explore initiatives to provide energy efficiency measures to private homes in Medway
  • review the legitimacy of all schemes we promote
  • run courses through Medway Adult Education for people to make their own homes more energy efficient (for example green DIY and retrofitting).

 

Identify and deliver priority actions for key buildings via the Re:fit Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Programme

We are taking a phased approach. Phase 1 will see us improve the energy efficiency of 12 council buildings. Measures will include:

  • an energy monitoring system
  • the use of energy efficient appliances
  • new LED lighting
  • installing solar PV (photovoltaics).

 

Review council commercial waste management practices and identify opportunities for improvement in our own properties.

We will:

  • audit council waste management arrangements
  • audit council waste products from operations
  • follow up on any recommendations for improvement.

 

As part of the COVID-19 recovery process, review how we can make better use of our buildings to make energy efficiency savings.

 

Ensure that energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are a priority in the refit, or the building of any future builds used by the council.

 

Continue to engage with schools on how to improve their buildings by introducing schools' governors to the Re:fit programme.

 

Investigate ways to improve council owned housing and make it more energy efficient.

We will develop plans to meet national and government targets for energy standards and explore how we can deliver exemplar energy efficient homes.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:

Progress

A consultant has been commissioned to develop a programme of works that would improve the energy efficiency of, and in future decarbonise, our housing stock.

Work is underway on our buildings to develop and implement phase one of Re:fit.

We publish a Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) report every 2 years. Medway Council’s latest HECA report was published in 2019 and reflects our commitment to the Kent Environment Strategy. It also identifies the actions Landlord Services will take to increase energy efficiency.

We have published our Statement of Intent (SOI) in relation to the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO): Help to Heat funding, part of the Affordable Warmth programme. The SOI sets out how we intend to identify households who could be eligible for the funding. Read the SOI.

We have replaced 5,000 streetlights with LED lamps. A new central management system (Telensa’s PLANet) allows us to switch the lights on and off and dim them, where necessary, giving us better control over energy consumption.