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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.

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. 

  • 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 have 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 May 2017. If you registered, you should receive your no-obligation switching offer by 5th June 2017. Wyre Forest residents who didn’t register can still switch through the scheme up until 4th July 2017.

Details of future collective switches will be publicised in due course. 

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.  

Wyre Forest District Council