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Energy Efficiency

The cost of heating and powering our homes has risen significantly over recent years. Help is at hand to reduce your energy use, cut your costs and improve your home.

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be entitled to support for insulation and heating through schemes funded by the main energy companies and other grants. Funding towards the cost of energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation is currently available through Warmer Worcestershire.

Contact our charity partner Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881 for free and impartial advice on grants and funding options, including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). 

Visit our Housing pages for advice on adaptations, improvements and repairs, including Disabled Facilities Grants and Home Repair Assistance loans. 

We work closely with a not-for-profit organisation, Act on Energy, who offer free and impartial advice on all matters energy related. For advice on energy issues in your home or small business, speak to one of their advisors by calling 0800 988 2881. 

For advice to help you keep warm and well this winter, come to one of our free energy advice surgeries taking place at venues across the district over the autumn and winter months

  • Only boil the amount of water you need.
  • Ensure your dishwasher/washing machine is full before use.
  • Dry clothes outside when possible.
  • Use low energy/LED bulbs and switch off lights when not needed.
  • Switch off appliances when not in use rather than leaving them on or on standby.
  • Ensure radiators/storage heaters aren’t blocked by furniture.
  • Use your thermostats and timers appropriately: see Act On Energy’s No cost/low cost advice leaflet for further advice on this and lots more energy saving tips. 

Condensation occurs when warm, moist air (produced by activities such as bathing and cooking) hits a cold surface such as a window or cold wall.

Condensation can lead to mould growth which can contribute to respiratory problems e.g. asthma. Condensation can be tackled by reducing moisture in your home, e.g. by covering pans when cooking, drying clothes outside or in a tumble drier which is vented outside, and by making sure your home is adequately ventilated.

See Act on Energy’s Condensation Advice for further tips. 

We teamed up with switching specialists iChoosr to give residents the chance to take part in a collective energy switching scheme through the Wyre Forest Big Energy Switch.

The first switch took place in Summer 2017. More than 300 people registered and a third of these went on to switch, collectively saving £25k on their energy bills, an average of £230 per household. If you registered /switched and have any queries, please call iChoosr on 0800 048 8285. 

The next Wyre Forest Big Energy Switch opens on 5th December 2017. Register by 12th February 2018 to find out how much you could save.

Smart meters are a new type of gas and electricity meter. These meters automatically send daily readings to your energy supplier, allowing more accurate billing. Smart meters also come with an in-home display, giving real-time information on the amount of energy being used and the cost. Under government plans, all homes should have a smart meter installed by 2020. Your energy supplier should get in touch to offer to install your smart meter at no cost. 

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is available throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin offering FREE energy assessments and grants to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Worcestershire Low Carbon Opportunities Programme offers free renewable energy audits or low carbon product, process or service innovation and development advice, as well as related grants, to small and medium sized enterprises. 

Community First provides useful information on Greening your community building

A household is said to be in fuel poverty if their income is below the poverty line (taking into account energy costs) and their energy costs are higher than is typical for their household type.

Living in cold, damp homes can exacerbate health conditions, particularly cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. We recognise that improving the energy efficiency of the district’s housing stock has multiple benefits- social, economic and environmental. Activity to tackle fuel poverty is included in our Climate Change Strategy and Annual Action Plan. We work with other local organisations, and through the Warmer Worcestershire network, to run events and schemes to help residents save energy. We also run training for front line workers to help them recognise the signs of fuel poverty and advise on available support – please contact us for details.

We produce a report every 2 years setting out cost effective energy conservation measures to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the district, as required by the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA). Read Wyre Forest District Council’s 2017 HECA Report.  

See Lighting Your Home Efficiently for advice on different types of lighting and running costs.  

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The Help to Heat element of the Government's ECO programme, also described as the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO), focuses on low income and vulnerable householders. These are householders who receive specific benefits and, for tax credits and universal credits, are below a certain income threshold. This eligibility criteria is set by Government.

As part of Help to Heat, ECO legislation is permitting Local Areas to define additional criteria in their area to help those fuel poor households that fall outside the Help to Heat eligibility but are still in need of support. This is called the flexible element or flexible eligibility. This requires a Statement of Intent to be produced.

This statement of intent and subsequent declarations do not guarantee funding and/or the installation of measures for any household. All measures will be subject to technical survey by the procured delivery partner. Schemes may close suddenly and funding withdrawn if delivery partner targets have been achieved. The delivery of the flexible eligibility going forward is subject to government policy.

Please see the Worcestershire Local Authorities’ Statement of Intent 

Wyre Forest District Council