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SOUTHAMPTON PROJECT TAKES A NOVEL APPROACH TO COMBATING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The Energy Action Southampton project is an 18 month initiative aimed at helping people in the city make their homes more energy efficient while at the same time tackling climate change. The project has received £40,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust which will go towards helping 1198 fuel poor households.

The project is taking a novel approach by teaching simple but effective DIY skills to make their homes warmer. These include practical tips from how to line curtains to combat draughts from old windows to insulating a house effectively using everyday items lying around the house.

A series of workshops will start in February to educate people on how to implement these changes, which can have a really positive effect on the warmth of their homes.

Energy advisors will also visit schools and youth groups as part of the Junior Energy Champions initiative, to give talks and run workshops on how easy it is to make a home warmer with simple solutions which don’t cost the earth.

This initiative builds on a project piloted last year, which had positive, long-lasting results for the 250 people who took part. This year’s project has a wider pool and advisors hope that more families and individuals will benefit from the simple but effective tips and advice which are freely available.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said:  “Being equipped with the information to take simple but effective steps on making a home more energy efficient will empower people who may have felt hopeless before, that they can get their energy needs under control.

“The Energy Action Project is providing people with the invaluable skills needed to make their homes more energy efficient. Grassroots organisations like this are vitally important to the communities they are helping as they can identify where the real need is. We know this project will make a huge difference to the families in the area over the next 18 months.”

Joanne Moodie, Project Manager at the Energy Action Project said: “Thanks to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, we can help people all over the city who might otherwise slip through the net into further fuel poverty.

“We want this project to empower people to take simple and effective preventative measures to avoid fuel poverty. We are also proud to be going into schools and teaching the next generation about the importance of energy efficiency, not just for keeping fuel costs down but for the wider impact on the climate.

“We hope that by building on the success of our pilot project we will be able to have a positive impact on hundreds of other families and individuals in our community.”

Thursday, January 31, 2013