WM is committed to providing energy-efficient homes and supporting low-carbon living for its customers and communities. Through our own premises, working methods, partners and suppliers, we also strive to be an environmentally aware, green business.
We have a group-wide sustainability strategy, which sets targets to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact. To help us, we have a wide and growing range of partnerships, including:
For more ideas on how to save energy and details of how we can help, see the links below or contact Bernadette McCullagh, Sustainability Co-ordinator on 0300 7906 555.
We strive to make homes and other buildings as energy efficient as possible. Measures include:
- external, loft and cavity wall insulation
- condensing boilers and thermostatic radiator valves.
- solar panels
- air source heat pumps
- rainwater harvesting
- low energy lighting.
We actively seek new funding and technologies to support further energy efficiency.
Energy used at home accounts for more than a quarter of all UK Carbon Dioxide emissions, which contribute to climate change. Making your home more energy efficient will cut both carbon emissions and bills.
To do this, you can:
- Turn down the heating thermostat – just 1°C could take up to 10% off your bill.
- Close curtains at night to stop heat escaping through windows.
- Tuck curtains behind radiators to keep heat in.
- Use the 30°C setting on your washing machine.
- Put a full load into the washing machine.
- Switch lights off when you leave a room.
- Use long-life, low-energy light bulbs.
- Switch off appliances off completely, rather than leaving them on standby.
- Use WM’s energy comparison service to review your gas and electricity supplier.
To reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, you can:
- Keep a recycling container next to your waste bin.
- Freeze food you won’t eat in the next few days or try different recipes for leftovers.
- Using paperless, online billing.
- Avoid junk mail by registering for free with the Mail Preference Service.
- Reuse plastic carrier bags or switch to reusable fabric shopping bags.
- Compost food and garden waste.
To play our part in reducing waste, we:
- Offer energy advice services, events, visits and information through our websites, newsletters and rent statements.
- Use recycled materials for improvements.
- Recycle rubble from demolition.
- Re-use tree chippings as mulch for shared gardens.
- Recycle materials from heating systems when they’re replaced.
- Recycle glass, plastic, paper, batteries, toner and printer cartridges and organic waste from our offices.
- Donate leftover decorating materials and unwanted furniture to local charities.
- Recycle or safely dispose of IT and electrical waste.
To save water and money on water bills, you can:
- Make sure taps are turned off properly.
- Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle.
- Put lids on saucepans and only use enough water to cover the food.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Wash vegetables in a bowl rather than under a running tap.
- Use waste water from washing up on your garden or house plants.
To help residents reduce water use and bills, we:
- Fit dual flush cisterns and water-efficient showers as standard.
- Work in partnership with local water companies to reduce water use through:
- water saving tips
- water saving devices
- installing water meters
- offering low-use tariffs to eligible households
- debt support services.
To reduce the environmental impact of your travel and save money, you can:
- Use public transport.
- Share car journeys.
- Join a car-sharing scheme.
- Cycle or walk.
WM is doing its bit by:
- Using fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles for our repairs service.
- Training staff in fuel-efficient driving techniques.
- Working with Centro to promote sustainable travel for people seeking work and other sustainable travel tickets and offers.
- Promoting local cycling schemes and training
- Creating sustainable travel plans for staff.
We provide a free energy comparison for WM residents, plus help with switching utility suppliers and a wide range of information, home visits and advice.
Staff are trained in how to spot the signs of fuel poverty and refer people to relevant advice services. We also employ a number specialist energy advisors.
To find out more, please call us on 0300 7906 555.