South Yorkshire Energy Centre
South Yorkshire Energy Centre is a unique not-for-profit, energy efficiency demonstration centre in Sheffield.
We're dedicated to keeping local people warm and comfortable - we're here with help to find better energy deals, manage your bills, and improve your home's energy efficiency.
Our friendly staff and volunteers can give you ideas and inspiration to take practical steps - from low-cost measures, such as draught-proofing and energy saving top tips, through to solar panels and ground source heat pumps.
So, what can the South Yorkshire Energy Centre do for YOU!?
Help make you fuel bills more affordable
FREE assistance to find cheaper energy tariffs, practical draught-proofing actions, and access to financial help.
promoting simple day-to-day steps to save energy, gives real assistance to make homes warmer, and demonstrates insulation and green technology to reduce carbon emissions.
We have real working examples of solar hot water, solar PV (electricity), battery storage, a ground source heatpump and underfloor heating, and grey water capture systems to examine.
We have information on cycle routes in and around Sheffield; and data on electric vehicles (EV's) to help decision-making.
We have some fun activities exploring energy generation and usage, suitable for all ages. We host school visits and welcome home-schooled visitors. We have a wealth of free leaflets and information to support learning, as well as experienced and knowledgeable staff and volunteers to talk to.
See the useful links section further down this page too, for more resources.
We have lots of information and advice on making your home warmer and on reducing your energy bills. Every Thursday we run energy advice drop-in sessions where you can bring your gas and electricity bills and we will try to save you some money by finding the cheapest tariff. We provide complete one-to-one support and organise switching directly with the energy suppliers. We can also advise on any support you may be eligible for. Our advice is free and impartial.
For more information call 0114 3039981 Ext 3.
Staying Warm Affordably
The Issue - Despite milder winters, there are between 200 - 500 excess winter deaths in Sheffield each year attributed to cold-related illnesses often exacerbated by cold, damp homes. One in every 8 households in Sheffield are defined as being in fuel poverty (12.3%, national average 11%).
Older people, householders with chronic illness or disabilities and young children are most vulnerable to poor living conditions and often suffer from recurrent chest infections, and poor circulation. Depression and stress are also serious health implications of sub standard housing, fuel poverty and fuel debt, and there is evidence that children’s futures can be jeopardised by cold homes where they impact educational attainment.
SYEC is now well established and part of a city-wide referral system made up of over 60 partners including health professionals – GP’s, community support workers, voluntary organisations and community groups for affordable warmth and fuel poverty support across Sheffield. Under its Small Measures scheme, for example, draught proofing is available to households. SYEC also facilitates access to heating, boilers and insulation measures, subject to funding.