Think green

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.

Useful links:

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.

Useful links:

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.

Useful links:

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.

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