Energy Advice & Additional Support
There are many organisations in Warwickshire and Solihull who can provide practical advice and help to residents who may be struggling or who would just like some more information for family members, friends or neighbours. Why not pop into a local Warm Hub or Winter Warm Hub for a coffee, chat and the chance to find out more about other groups and support that may be available?
If you’re looking for online advice on where to turn this winter, below is a list of national and local websites with resources and contact numbers that you may find helpful, as well as an Information & Resources pack compiled by WRCC (see below). Please note that we will update this as energy costs, and related information and support, change.
Energy Advice & Cost of Living Support
Help for Households
You can find updated government information on the Cost of Living Payment, Disability Cost of Living Payment, Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, Household Support Fund, help with paying water bills, and any more support that may become available.
The independent energy regulator has advice on checking if you’re owed money on your energy bill, making a complaint and other consumer rights, as well as information about smart meters and ECO support, aimed at improving home heating for vulnerable households.
The UK’s largest gas distribution network – and sponsors of WRCC’s Warm Hubs project since November 2020 – offers a range of practical tips and suggestions to help you minimise energy use, save money and protect the environment. These include adding your details to the Priority Services Register and using the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator (see below) to check anonymously what benefits you may be entitled to.
You can also find out how to protect yourself against poisonous carbon monoxide. If you smell gas, immediately call Cadent via the free 24 hour emergency service line: 0800 111999.
National Energy Action
The national fuel poverty charity has a useful list of resources, including a range of advice and information leaflets and short “how to” guides, eg reading bills, meters etc.
NEA also runs a wide range of online training courses, including those currently supporting volunteers at Warm Hubs and Winter Warm Hubs.
Centre for Sustainable Energy
This national energy charity has more practical factsheets and information, including advice on preventing damp and mould and practical DIY ventilation. home ventilation and more, including this easy guide on how to make a draught excluder snake. And there’s there’s a useful flyer for a “whole house approach” to retrofitting your property.
Act on Energy
This environmental charity offers a free advice line on 0800 988 2881 if you’re struggling with bill payments or need advice on energy related issues – they can also provide home energy checks and have a range of online resources.
Act on Energy can also advise on energy efficient home improvement schemes such as the recent Home Upgrade Grants Phase 2 (HUG2).
Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire services are working together to help people find the information they need to manage increased household costs, including a Winter Wellness brochure and this useful site: Cost of Living Warwickshire.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Solihull Council has worked with local voluntary groups to create this information booklet to help residents: Here 2 Help Winter 2023-24. West Midlands Fire Service also has a detailed Safe and Well booklet including free home safety checks: Safe and Well Booklet – West Midlands Fire Service (wmfs.net)
Money Saving Expert
Find a huge range of advice from Martin Lewis and his team, including help on calculating your future energy bills, via this consumer advice site. Plus you can subscribe to their free weekly savings email.
Warm Hubs Information & Resource Packs
WRCC has collated information packs for distribution via WRCC’s Warm Hubs, Winter Warm Hubs, and Mobile Warm Hub service. These packs for 2023-24, along with free carbon monoxide alarms, are currently being delivered to hubs in our network. Some of the resources are displayed here.
Pack contents may vary but will include a selection of the following:
- Cadent booklet: Keeping you safe and warm
- NEA booklet: Your home energy checklist
- British Red Cross self kindness toolkit
- Centre for Sustainable Energy – tackling damp and mould
- Centre for Sustainable Energy – simple DIY draft-proofing
- Independent Age handout: Financial help in cold weather
- Act on Energy leaflet: Energy saving tips and helpline
- Money Saving Expert: Cost of home appliances
- Warwickshire County Council information including extracts from Winter Wellness 2023-324 and Warwickshire Local Welfare Fund
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council information Here 2 Help Winter 2023-24
- Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service flyer: Free safe and well check
- Warm Hubs thermometer card with practical tips and key contacts
Please email email@example.com if you would like downloads of any of the above (except for the thermometer card) or if you would like us to send you an Information & Resource pack.
Additional Contacts & Support
Here are more links to support organisations that may be helpful. This is not an exhaustive list and will continue to be updated.
In the meantime, more information (particularly for local support groups) may be available via WRCC’s network of Warm Hubs and Winter Warm Hubs and our Mobile Warm Hub service.
Safe and Well Visits – Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Services and West Midlands Fire Service (Coventry & Solihull)
Solihull Help With Food & Fuel
Warwickshire and Solihull CAVA (Community and Voluntary Action)
WRCC Energy – oil syndicate for residents with off mains services
We will continue to update this page with additional contacts, information and resources.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are are a community group, charity or corporate organisation who would like to help support our communities via the Warm Hubs project.