Residents Urged to Switch on the Savings for Big Energy Saving Week
22nd January 2021
Residents in Walsall are being reminded of the help on offer to help them save money on their energy bills as part of Big Energy Saving Week.
Midlands’ landlord whg, Walsall Council, West Midlands Fire Service and Co-op Energy are working together with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) to offer residents a completely free energy and money saving service.
As part of the service residents will be contacted by an energy advisor who can install free simple energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draught-proofing, check if they are on the best energy tariff, arrange a free money advice consultation and support with finding funding for further energy saving home improvements.
Since the programme was launched, the scheme has helped Walsall residents save more than £400,000 on their energy bill and installed 2,737 energy saving measures.
Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy and Programme Management at whg, said: “Big Energy Saving Week is a fantastic opportunity for residents to look at how they can save money and get expert advice on a range of ways to reduce energy costs.”
James Holder, Fire Investigation Officer of West Midlands Fire Service, said: “An efficient heating must also be safe in terms of reducing the risk of fire. This cannot be underestimated. Already this year, a West Midlands resident has sadly lost their life in a fire caused by a portable electric heater placed too close to combustible items.
“With more people needing to stay at home during the pandemic, we are urging everyone to take extra care using all methods of heating.”
“It’s important to get heating systems serviced regularly by someone suitably qualified, and to make sure you fit and regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms”
“We really encourage residents to take up the offer of advice and support from LEAP so that they can keep both warm, and most importantly, safe.”
Big Energy Savings Week helps consumers understand their energy use, cut their bills and get the financial support they are entitled to. It’s run by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.