The Footprint Trust’s Big Lottery funded Warmahome project has reached over 1,500 through its presence at Island events. Over the past 18 months it has attended over 15 large and small open-air events including the Chale Show and the Classic Car Show.
Staff from the Island-based charity have visited over 150 households giving them free tailored guidance on energy efficiency. Over 200 people have benefited from finding out about Warmfront, and other grants, and thus insulated their homes for free, whilst others have obtained new efficient heating systems.
The current cold spell has led to a rush of enquiries to the Trust. They are suggesting that Islanders contact their energy suppliers to inform them of any vulnerable people in their household and to check if they are on the correct cheaper tariff. Other tips include buying energy from one supplier and avoiding expensive key and card pre-payment schemes. The Trust has details of an ethical power company that charges all its customers the same, including those who pre-pay.
The Trust is working with the Council in promoting cheap cavity and wall insulation for homeowners. Most homes can be insulated for under £400 – and this investment is paid back within two cold winters – due to reductions in fuel bills. The charity works with Age Concern, the Pension Service and Anchor Staying-put along and other bodies to ensure that people are signposted to other relevant help.
To contact the Warmahome project please call
82-22-82. or email