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Warm Homes Peterborough Offering Free Energy Advice

SCOTTISHPOWER Energy People Trust in partnership with green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust is helping local residents out of fuel poverty.

The Warm Homes Peterborough community-based fuel poverty project was set up with £84,177 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Free home energy advice visits are being offered as part of the two year initiative to registered social landlord (RSL) tenants in the neighbourhoods of Paston, Ravensthorpe and East Ward, as well as Dogsthorpe and Central Ward.

The project is working towards helping a total of 1,500 Peterborough tenants who spend more than 10% of their income on energy.  It will enable them to enjoy affordable warmth, whilst also lowering the carbon footprint of Peterborough communities and conserving limited natural resources.

Home energy visits are providing tenants with an hour of free, personalised energy advice on a range of topics including energy supply, energy use and energy-saving measures such as insulation to help them reduce their bills.

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

“Funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust is helping to make a significant impact to the lives of those in fuel poverty throughout the Peterborough area.  We are pleased to have provided funding which is helping those most in need.

“I would encourage tenants of registered social landlords to get in touch with Warm Homes Peterborough to benefit from the free energy advice.”

Patrick McLintock, Peterborough Warm Homes Project Officer, said: “It’s my job to help the people I visit to heat their homes for less. Not only does this save them money but it’s also good news for the environment. Simple things like heating the rooms most used rather than the whole house, or not leaving appliances on standby can make a huge difference.”

In addition to energy advice visits, households are given a complimentary energy pack worth around £15. Each energy pack includes products and information on how to save energy and includes an energy saving lightbulb, de-scaling tablets for use with kettles, shower-heads and irons, a thermometer card and shower timer.

The Warm Homes project team also attends various community events, providing free energy advice and energy packs to tenants of registered social landlords. As well as working to educate communities from within, the project’s programme of RSL workshops also trains staff in the subjects of insulation and renewable energy.

If you are a tenant of a registered social landlord and would like a home energy advice visit, or to find out more about the project, please email or telephone 01733 866445.




Friday, October 01, 2010