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Energy Efficiency Is Top Of The Agenda in Tranmere

OVER 600 vulnerable residents in Tranmere are switched-on to energy efficiency, thanks to a project funded by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Energy Awareness Campaign, which was managed by Involve Northwest (formerly Tranmere Alliance), received the grant of over £10,000 two years ago to target local households most at risk of suffering fuel poverty.

The project provided advice on income maximisation, energy efficiency and helped individuals claim grants they were entitled to through home visits, community group sessions and drop-in / telephone enquiries.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:

“We’re really pleased that over 600 people in Tranmere have benefited from this service and now have an increased awareness of energy efficiency. Well done to the team involved.

“Limited knowledge on how to keep your home warm and dry can result in fuel poverty, which is why this project works well. The information it has given to vulnerable locals is valuable and will make a difference to their lives in the long run, if they use the advice wisely.”

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

Part of the grant was used to fund an energy advisor, who was based at Involve Northwest’s main office, to provide support over the telephone and through a drop-in service. The project extended its opening hours to include weekends, which proved popular.

Almost 1,000 flyers and posters were created to promote the service and were placed in doctors’ surgeries and within community centres, as well as distributing them to partner agencies, Residents’ Associations and homes.

The initiative also targeted individuals through monthly surgeries in community halls and door-to-door visits to widen the target market.

Justine Molyneux, Chief Executive at Involve Northwest, said:

“Over half of our clients helped through the initiative were given benefit health checks and advice on available energy awareness grants, which proved to be the most common queries. Our extended opening hours also meant that we could reach and assist a higher number of individuals.

“We would like to thank the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support over the past two years as without the funding, over 600 people would not be as knowledgeable about energy efficiency as they are now.”

Monday, September 07, 2009