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SCOTTISHPOWER Energy People Trust in partnership with Link Housing Association is helping residents in Central Scotland out of fuel poverty.

SCOTTISHPOWER Energy People Trust in partnership with Link Housing Association is helping residents in Central Scotland out of fuel poverty.

The Trust provided £15,000 to fund places for Link housing officers to complete a City and Guilds Energy Awareness qualification.

Since embarking on the course, the fully trained team of Domestic Energy Advisors have been putting their new skills to use by providing support, advice and expertise on home energy issues to Link tenants.  Link housing association has already helped almost 100 people who have made contact to discuss their energy and ask for advice.

Thirteen staff have so far undertaken the four day course which covered methods for identifying domestic energy loss and reducing fuel poverty through more efficient use of home energy.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said: “Funding people to train in energy awareness is a valuable service for vulnerable residents in Central Scotland.  These qualified people are then able to assist local people with energy saving tips and create greater energy awareness which allows local residents to save money.”

Colin Reid, Energy and Sustainability Officer at LGHA, said: “Funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust is beginning to make a significant impact to the lives of those in fuel poverty across central Scotland and we are delighted to have received this vital grant.

“We’ve been contacting all tenants who we identified as experiencing the most difficulty with their bills - any of these tenants can take advantage of a home visit to discuss energy issues.  We provide support on income maximisation through our advice team, who in turn can also offer assistance in relation to energy suppliers.

“The majority of the funding was used for the initial training phase. Specialist-trained energy awareness advisors are now able to help tenants for the foreseeable future, through drop-in services at our offices, home visits and community group evenings. Link Housing Association has also printed domestic energy efficiency advice literature to support the housing officers who are visiting tenants and providing advice and support to reduce energy bills.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010