Warmer Chale Campaign

Cold in Chale? You don’t have to be! If you are worried about your high heating bills we may be able to help… The Warmer Chale campaign can offer free home visits, grants to make you warmer, details of cheaper fuel offers, free or cheap cavity and loft insulation. Please call the Footprint Trust on 82-22-82 or email

Cold in Chale Poster [PDF]

Nearly 70 houses and flats in South Wight HA properties in Chale are being upgraded with insulation and renewable energy as part of a wider community initiative. Arrays of solar panels can now be seen on roofs and air source heat pumps will bring big savings to the residents. Over 100 private households have contacted the Warmer Chale project and have sought guidance on energy efficiency and grants. To date some 20 private households in the Chale area have received grants or subsidised insulation. If you would like to find out more contact the Footprint Trust on 01983 822282.

The end goal of the Chale Community Project is that residents will end up with more energy efficient heating systems that give them warmer, more comfortable homes with the potential to reduce their heating bills significantly. With a project of this scale and complexity there will always be some teething problems but the project is absolutely confident that those goals can be achieved. The project team is doing its utmost to ensure that disruption for residents is kept to a minimum.

Anyone with any questions or concerns can call into the site office. The South Wight HA Project Officer has been heavily involved, as has the Community Involvement Officer. The scheme has been promoted through many ways, newsletters distributed, information in local media and a fun day and attendance at the popular Chale Show there are also five 'Community Contacts' who live in the area, and have taken part in specific training session in order to be able to help other residents. They are able to give guidance when needed.

A tremendous amount of work is being done in a relatively short time scale to ensure as much work as possible is completed before the start of the winter.
Although the project is just 7 months into a 2-year programme, in addition to the renewables installations, it has already achieved the following:
* Reduced-price bus travel for Chale residents
*8 people in Chale are now almost two-thirds through a training programme to find out more about a career in the renewable energy industry. When the training programme has been completed, every effort will be made to help those wishing to find employment locally.
*As a result of the project, Southern Housing Group and other housing associations on the island are looking into the wide scale installation of solar PVs on their housing stock.
*The project has recently received an International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice which will be awarded at a ceremony at the Houses of Common in November.
For more details about the scheme in general please contact Katie Steiness at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on 01983 296463 or email katie@ellenmacarthurfoundation for further details.


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