Office closure due to Covid 19 Coronavirus

This office will be closed from 3:00pm, Wednesday 18th March 2020 until further notice

But we are STILL here to Help!

Advice is still available by the following methods -

Text on 0743 461 3625 stating (i) your name (ii) your postcode (iii) the type of advice needed (for example DEBT, HOUSING, BENEFITS, or OTHER). We will then call you back on your mobile phone Do NOT Text any other details

Adviceline: Free on 0800 144 88 48 and Textphone: 0800 144 8884

Email - via the Enquiry Form on our website (www.wyreforestcab.org.uk) on the 'How can we Help You' page, or email direct - info@wyreforestcab.cabnet.org.uk

If you require a Foodbank voucher, please call 01562 60194 - This is strictly for Foodbank Vouchers only!

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Save Energy in Wyre Forest!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

It’s Big Energy Saving Week!

 

Each year we take part in the national bid to get people saving money on their energy bills (and help the planet), and this year we’re saying

 

‘Use your power to make a big difference’

 

So, how can we do this?

Well, here are our top tips:

 

Kitchen

  • A dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 litres of water a year, so make sure your taps are properly turned off and change washers promptly when taps start to drip

 

Bathroom

  • A running tap wastes more than 6 litres of water every minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.

 

Lights

  • Replace your bulbs as and when you can with energy efficient LEDs – on average it could save about £35 a year on bills.

 

  • Switch off lights when you’re not using them – you could save £14 a year

 

Appliances

  • Switch off standby – this could save you £35 per year. And don’t forget to unplug devices that are being charged unnecessarily!

 

Heating

 

  • Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you around £75 a year.

 

OK, anything else?

 

Check if you are eligible for the Warm Home Discount. Energy suppliers can provide rebates to households on certain benefits. The amount you get back is £140 and you should contact your electricity supplier directly to see if you qualify.

 

If anyone in your household is receiving benefits, contact your energy supplier and see what support they can provide. They should be able to tell you what help is available through the Energy Company Obligation

 

A home energy check to find out about savings of up to £130 a year on household energy bills. Visit the Simple Energy Advice website and get personalised energy savings advice: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/

 

 

We spoke to our operations staff, Mark, who has a top tip:

 

“I used my supplier’s website to see what their cheapest deal was as we were coming to the end of our fixed tariff. They told me the cheapest was a few quid shorter than what we were currently paying. Not bad, but not enough.

So, I went on a popular price comparison website and with the same supplier, it suggested a plan that was even cheaper! I rang my energy supplier back and told them what I’d found, and they agreed to it.

So just because it’s not on your supplier’s website doesn’t mean they don’t do it, you may just have to shop around on price comparison sites to find it.”

 

Price comparison sites include:

 

  • Money Supermarket
  • Compare the Market
  • Go Compare
  • Money Saving Expert
  • Simply Switch
  • My Utility Genuis

 

Or, of course, our own!

https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/

 

 

If you’re still unsure on why your heating bills are so high, or you’d like help to compare other suppliers and switch, then contact us – call 03444 111 444 or email info@wyreforestcab.cabnet.org.uk

You’ll be made an appointment if you can’t be helped entirely over the phone

 

Save today! You can also pick up a free thermostat to stick on your fridge for a limited time only! (From New Road office)