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The Family Fuel Busters Project at South Yorkshire Energy Centre.

Staff and volunteers at South Yorkshire Energy Centre are celebrating funding of £83,180 from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust to run a “Family Fuel Buster” project for the next two years. The funding will support a programme of activities with Sheffield Schools and parents groups to encourage greater energy efficiency in family homes and to help any families who are struggling to afford to keep warm and manage increasing fuel bills. The Energy House, a demonstration and visitor centre at Heeley City Farm, will be open to members of the public seeking help and advice from Wednesdays to Sundays and there will be regular Family Fuel Buster Fun Days to get communities involved in great ways to save energy.

Rhian Harding, Project Manager, said, “We are delighted that this project has been funded as we know there are many families in Sheffield who need help and support. We aim to reach over 5000 households over the next two years and offer Family Fuel Buster education sessions to over 1000 primary school children. We have high hopes about positive pester power as children are great advocates for energy saving and climate change and can persuade parents to make behavioural changes that will save energy, reduce fuel bills and reduce domestic carbon emissions. We are very grateful to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust for supporting South Yorkshire Energy Centre and The Family Fuel Buster Project.”

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said: “Fuel poverty affects millions of households across the country so any assistance we can provide through our Trust is essential, especially as we head closer to the cold winter months.

“We are pleased to be able to provide valuable support to the Family Fuel Buster project and are confident that the young people of Sheffield will be fantastic campaigners for energy saving in the home.”

Tuesday, October 06, 2009