East Staffordshire Borough Council understands the importance of the climate change and sustainability agenda and the benefits this can bring to the residents and businesses of our borough.
People’s views on climate change differ but the benefits of having a Carbon Management strategy, such as improved energy efficiency, the better use of resources and tackling fuel poverty are undeniable.
We also recognise the importance of being prepared for a changing climate through adaptation.
Our Carbon Management Strategy co-ordinates the work that we are undertaking towards the sustainability agenda.
Visit our Green Deal & ECO webpage for information of funding. Although grants are not readily available ECO can fund or partially fund measures for households on certain benefits or who live in “hard to treat” properties. A grant finder is also available on the Energy Saving Trust’s website at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Find-a-grant.
How will the local climate change?
The UK Climate Projections 2009 predicted that in the future the climate of Staffordshire will experience hotter, drier summers and warmer wetter winters and more extreme weather events such as flooding and high winds.
Although these changes are over the medium to longer-term, we may already start to see the increase in extreme weather and it is important to plan now to limit the risks and maximise any opportunities these changes may bring.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has started to consider how our services and residents may be affected in the future.
Climate change in the home
There are many things you can do to reduce the heat loss from your homes and make your heating systems more efficient.
What you can do....
- Turning the thermostat down by one degree can save you 10% on your energy bills
- Turn radiators off or down especially in rooms that you don’t use often
- Turn down the thermostat when you go on holiday
- 5°C will prevent your pipes from bursting
- Set a timer for your heating system to come on half an hour beforeyou get home and go off half an hour before you leave or go to bed
- Put on a jumper instead of the heating
- Draw curtains over windows at night to conserve the heat in the room
- Buy and fit draught excluders - attach these to letterboxes, windows and doors
- Prevent draughts around skirting boards or through floorboards by filling the gapswith strips of wood, cork or the correct sealant
- Insulate your loft. This should be at least 270mm thick; you can do this yourself
- Insulate your walls to prevent a great deal of heat loss
- Solid walls can be insulated either on the inside or outside to prevent heat loss
- Purchase your electricity from a green supplier - suppliers which get their own electricity via ‘green’ means, without the need to burn fossil fuels. Green suppliers are becoming more competitively priced.