Businesses and councils urge West Midlands residents to take control

West Midlands businesses and local authorities are urging staff and householders to ‘take control’ of their fuel bills and making a pledge to  save energy during this year’s national Energy Saving Week.

The week, which begins on October 25, is organised by the Energy Saving Trust, and offers advice to residents on ways to reduce gas and electricity consumption, how to generate their own electricity and earn an income from it and ways to live and travel in a more sustainable way.

The Energy Saving Trust advice centre West Midlands is organising a range of events across the region during the week under the theme of ‘control your energy usage’ which examine all areas of energy conservation – from waste, water and transport to microgeneration along with information on grants, subsidies and financial incentives.

And the week has the backing of employers and public sector organisations across the county.

Energy Saving Trust advice centre manager Lynn Melling explained: “Our role has expanded since the launch of the first ever Energy Saving Week 14 years ago. Now, as well as advising on how to reduce gas and electricity and home insulation, we cover the whole gamut of sustainable living.

“For example the government’s new Feed-in-Tariff enables householders to sell electricity back to the the national grid while also generating their own energy via solar pv panels.

“We offer advice on a whole range of microgeneration technologies which save money and help reduce our impact on the environment. Our smarter driving sessions are proving extremely popular – showing how motorists can reduce their fuel consumption by around 15 per cent simply by adjusting their driving techniques. And we’re also encouraging people to cycle, car share and use public transport more.

“All these issues will be covered in detail during the week. But of course we’re also on hand to offer impartial advice all year round.”

For more information on saving energy and Energy Saving Week events near you call the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012 or email