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Energy Efficiency

Is your home losing heat? A typical British home, loses one third of the heat produced by central heating systems through the roof, walls and windows. This means that £1 in every £3 spent on heating is wasted.

Ways to reduce your energy use:

  • Check your walls and loft are insulated.
  • Turning down the thermostat by 1°C can save about 10% on your heating bills.
  • Turn off  lights and appliances that are not in use.
  • Upgrade light bulbs to LEDs.
  • Minimise draughts. The Energy Saving Trust has lots of useful information about how to do this.
  • Upgrade your boiler
  • Fit double glazing.

Free and Impartial Energy Advice


A4 ENERGY ADVICE 2016 17 WEB FINAL 001We 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.

What grants are available? Can I still get free insulation?

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. Contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881 for advice on grants and funding options, including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Visit our Housing pages for advice on adaptations, improvements and repairs. 

 

What is the Council doing to tackle fuel poverty?

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. The Council recognises 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 the council’s 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.

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

What are the energy saving opportunities for businesses?

Over recent years small businesses have been faced by high and fluctuating energy costs resulting in significant risk to profits and in some cases, viability. 

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. 

As well as saving money by saving energy there may be opportunities for your business to deliver energy services. Visit our pages on Tenders and Contracts for advice on how to do business with Wyre Forest District Council, including how to apply for Council contracts. Any appropriate opportunities for contracts to run energy efficiency services will be advertised here. You may also be interested in Worcestershire County Council’s Business and Contracts opportunities

Energy Saving Lightbulbs

The Energy Savings Trust (which offers independent energy advice) has some information on energy efficient lighting

They are also involved in the Premium Light project, which includes a 4-step guide to replacing light bulbs in the home and information about different bulbs types



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