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Sandwell Council issues energy saving advice as temperatures drop

Published 9th November 2022

Sandwell Council is urging residents to follow energy saving advice to help cut bills this winter.

 Here are some tips you can use in your home to cut your bills and be more energy efficient.

Turn your thermostat down a degree or two

One of the easiest things you can do to save on energy is to turn your thermostat down. Ideally you should heat your home to a temperature of at least 18 °C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.

Adjust your boiler temperature

An average household could save around £112 a year in energy bills by adjusting the boiler flow settings to 60 degrees or below. Turning down the flow temperature on a combi boiler is quick, free and easy to do. It can be changed back instantly if necessary, so there is nothing to lose by trying it. Visit the Money Saving Boiler Challenge website for more details.

Don’t leave your devices on standby

The Energy Saving Trust suggests you could save up to £40 a year by switching devices off standby.

Struggling to heat your home? Get advice

Warmer Homes West Midlands offers personalised energy advice service to households who are currently struggling to heat their home. Get in touch with Warmer Homes West Midlands via their website or call 0800 988 2881 or 0808 196 8298 and press option 2.

More energy saving tips can be found on the council website

Leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Kerrie Carmichael said: “One of the most effective things we can all do at home is to make sure our heating systems are running efficiently.

“We also know there are people who are very worried about the cost of living, and that there are some who may feel unable to use their heating this winter – even if they follow energy saving advice.

“That’s why we’ve created Warm Spaces at all of our libraries, plus some leisure and community centres. These are places you can come for a hot drink, a chat and advice if you need it.”

Councillor Bob Piper, Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council and cabinet member for finance and resources, also urged people to check if they are entitled to financial support.

“For everyone who is struggling, it’s worth making sure you are receiving any support you are entitled to. Millions of pounds of financial help goes unclaimed every year, so it’s a good time to check if you’re missing out'

“This includes people who are entitled to Pension Credit, which could make a huge difference to your income if you are beyond state pension age. So many people don’t realise they are entitled to financial help and assistance with the cost of dental care and glasses.”

For more details of the cost of living help and advice available, search for the Supporting Sandwell information hub online

For information about Sandwell Council's Warm Spaces