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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.

Act on Energy also run a number of Energy Advice Surgeries in the district throughout the winter months

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).

Please note that the recent Worcestershire-wide scheme to partially fund external wall insulation is now closed to new applicants. Please direct any queries about this scheme to Eon on 0330 400 1004. 

What is the Council doing to tackle fuel poverty?

This new definition of fuel poverty from Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) states that a household is said to be in fuel poverty if:

  • They have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level), and

  • Were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.

 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 organisations such as Act on Energy, Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, Public Health, the Fire Service and Worcestershire County Council, 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 Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)  offers eligible businesses energy and resource assessments and grants to help address this.

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 opportunities on how to do business with Worcestershire County Council. 

Energy Saving Lightbulbs

The Energy Savings Trust (which offers independent energy advice) has some information on energy saving light bulbs.

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

Wyre Forest District Council