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Sandwell residents encouraged to save energy this winter

Published 7th December 2021

Sandwell residents are being encouraged to think about how much energy is used to heat homes, in a bid to help reduce their energy bills and environmental impact.

With 2.5 million people in the UK in fuel poverty, and 20.9% of households in Sandwell in fuel poverty, the spotlight needs to fall on the heat we waste from homes and how this can be reduced.

There are several simple steps residents can take to keep homes warm and reduce how much energy is wasted over winter.

Draft excluders are an easy way to reduce the heat lost from homes. It is also important to check thermostats are set correctly and to keep doors closed to heat only the rooms being used. If possible, installing a smart meter is a great way to monitor energy usage at home.

Efficient energy use can also minimise impacts on the environment. Unless using a renewable energy provider, the energy used to heat homes leads to an increase in carbon emissions. By limiting the heat wasted from homes, carbon emissions can be reduced.

Councillor Ahmad Bostan, Sandwell’s cabinet member for the environment said:

“By taking a few small actions, you can save energy, save money and help save the environment. You can get free energy saving advice and find out ways to lower your bills by accessing a number of schemes and I would strongly encourage everyone to take a look to see what they can save.

“We continue to make strong representation to the government to provide more financial support for our most vulnerable households.”

Welfare Rights are here to help you check that you are getting all the money that you are entitled to.  They will maximise your income and provide you with the tools to help you live independently.

Please contact or call the advice line on 0121 569 3158 Monday – Friday 9.30-4.00pm

Other services available include:

The ECO3 Scheme is a government energy efficiency scheme, helping private tenure residents to fit energy efficient installations in their homes.

The Energy Switch Scheme helps residents switch gas or electricity provider by grouping people from across the country. This scheme means residents benefit from the bargaining power of a larger group to obtain a lower energy tariff. This scheme switches to providers using 100% renewable energy.

Visit for support and advice on these energy schemes.

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