Sandwell council issues energy saving tips as temperatures drop

Sandwell Council is urging residents to follow energy saving tips to help keep bills down this winter.

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

Lower your thermostat a degree or two

One of the simplest things you can do to save energy is turn down your thermostat. Ideally, you should heat your home to at least 18°C. This is especially important if you have limited mobility, are 65 or older, or have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease.

Adjust the temperature of your boiler

An average household could save around £112 a year on their energy bills by adjusting boiler flow settings to 60 degrees or less. Lowering the flow temperature of a combi boiler is quick, free and simple. It can be changed instantly if needed, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it out. 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.

Having trouble heating your home? Take advice

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

You can find more energy-saving tips on the town hall’s website

Councilor Kerrie Carmichael, leader of Sandwell Council, said: ‘One of the most efficient things we can all do at home is to make sure our heating systems are working efficiently.

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

“That’s why we’ve created welcoming spaces in all of our libraries, as well as in some recreation and community centres. These are places where you can come for a hot drink, chat and advice if you need it.

Councilor Bob Piper, Sandwell’s deputy council leader and cabinet member responsible for finance and resources, also urged people to check if they are eligible for financial support.

“For anyone struggling, it’s worth making sure you get all the support you deserve. Millions of pounds of financial aid go unclaimed each year, so now is a good time to check if you are missing out’

“This includes people who qualify for pension credit, which could make a huge difference to your income if you are over the statutory retirement age. So many people don’t realize they are entitled to a financial assistance and assistance with the cost of dental care and eyeglasses.

For more details on the cost of living help and advice available, search the Online Sandwell Information Hub Support

For more information on Sandwell Council Warm Spaces