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A local energy advice project has been awarded £33,889 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund its work helping young people and families in Inverclyde.

The project, entitled i.HEAT (Inverclyde Home Energy Advice Team), which is operated by the Wise Group, offers free impartial energy guidance to residents in the area. By April 2016 the project aims to have helped 1,300 people by providing benefits checks, income maximisation and energy efficiency advice.

i.HEAT’s team of advisers visit the homes of vulnerable people across Inverclyde sharing tailored information and practical advice, allowing residents to take control of their energy usage and save money on bills. The team also hosts regular community outreach events, where local people can find out more about energy concerns.

On Thursday, 10 September, Trustees from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust visited the team at i.HEAT to find out more about how they are supporting people in the local Inverclyde community and the positive impact they are having on their lives.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee, ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: “The ScottishPower Energy People Trust recognises that providing support for grass roots projects such as i.HEAT is vital to helping vulnerable people. As we approach our Tenth Anniversary, we know better than ever how important these local energy advice projects are for people who might be struggling to make ends meet.

“i.HEAT is an exemplary project and has already made a huge difference to many vulnerable people living in Inverclyde. Thanks to recent funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, the team there will be able to help even more local people to achieve affordable warmth.”

Jim Percival, project coordinator, i.HEAT, said: “At i.HEAT, we work in partnership with local community organisations to offer holistic and on-going support to ensure that the Customer has a comfort in their home at a cost they can afford.

“The funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust is making a real difference to people in the local area and it was great to welcome Trustees along today and show how we’ve been putting the Trust’s money to great use.”

Wise Group Chief Executive Laurie Russell said: “The Wise Group welcomes funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to enable i.HEAT to help the residents of Inverclyde. Together, we can do more to reach and help people reduce their energy bills and make their homes more affordable to heat.”


Wednesday, September 23, 2015