The Isle of Wight Footprint Trust was out in force this winter, saving Islanders a total of over £73,000 and helping over 1600 people cut their energy and water bills.
The Trust saw over 1200 people at more than 60 events and outreach held across the Island. This included as part of the Big Energy Saving Week, with activities at Family Centres across the Island, Our Place at West Wight Sports Centre and the Foodbank Cafe at Church on the Roundabout in Newport. Other outreach took place as part of its Winter Warmer Roadshow visiting pubs and cafes in South Wight, as part of the National Warm & Safe Homes campaign. Their popular Monergy workshops, which give people skills to cut bills, reached dozens of people. Their Cosy Isle drop-ins proved helpful in gaining discounts on energy costs and grant-funded insulation, in partnership with Eon. In total over 12 events across the Island, ranging from towns to villages.
Frontline worker training was delivered to 80 people from organisations spanning health, the Fire and Police services, the voluntary sector and Social Services by Big Energy Saving Champions Ray and Mark.
The Trust was able to offer a raft of measures and assistance to help people, ranging from access to free insulation, helping people switch and getting discounts on energy and water bills. Free energy-saving home visits were made to over 230 households, helping families learn how to use their heating systems to best effect, and cutting utility bills by an average of around £150, whilst keeping people warm and well.
A pensioner sent us an email thanking us for the help we gave her in getting a better deal on her energy and other practical assistance…
“…I was visited by two young ladies, who were very helpful to me, and reassured me, and left me feeling so much happier. They took time, and trouble getting everything sorted for me. I am very grateful to them, and the Footprint Trust for doing this for me. I just wasn’t getting anywhere.”
With price hikes aplenty, the message was to check your tariff and switch if you’re not on the best deal! Those on low income were able to apply for the Warm Home Discount of £140 from their electricity company. Many people with mobility issues were able to get free Smart meters, getting rid of the strain of reading meters and the worry of estimated bills.
Others were further helped by putting them into contact with ex-Services organisations, Family Centres, Social Services and Citizens Advice for help with other issues and concerns.
For more information and free help with energy and water bills please contact The Footprint Trust firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01983 822282.
All this has been made possible by funding and support from; People’s Postcode Lottery, The Ebico Trust, Santander Foundation, Eon, BESN, BESW, Help Through Crisis, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Fund, Garfield Weston Trust, WightAid, SmartUK, the Co-op, and the Beatrice Laing Trust. Bembridge, Cowes, Newport, Freshwater, Wootton and Ventnor town and parish councils have also supported this work.