As part of the Island-wide Warmer Wight initiative The Footprint Trust’s Bee Wise on Energy team will be visiting towns during the half term holiday. National Heat Hero Ray Harrington-Vail will be at all the events, so that members of the public can get guidance on Energy matters.
They will be at St Thomas Square, Newport on Monday 18th; Somerfield Square, Ryde -outside Co-op – on Tuesday 19th and inside the Freshwater Co-op (Afton Road) on Thursday 21st. The event in Newport will have the Footprint Trust’s Energetic Bus in attendance thanks to Southern Vectis.
The Warmer Wight project has just been awarded a share of £46million from the Government to help reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency, and encourage collective switching and purchasing in regions across Great Britain. This funding will be used by local organisations to help keep people’s energy bills down and ensure homes are warm this winter, and in the future.
18% of Island homes are in fuel poverty –the highest in the Southeast, which means that they spend more than 10% of their income on fuel for their homes. This equates to just over 12,000 Island households.
“We along with the Council recognise that many Islanders are living in fuel poverty and have to make decisions between heating their home or heating a healthy meal…now something can be done about this!”
Said Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust charity
The Footprint Trust will give tailored guidance on saving energy through home visits, along with practical help such as free insulation and new boilers. IW Community Action will be offering the chance to join a collective switching scheme, which could reduce energy bills by over £150 a year. The EcoIsland partnership CIC will be helping people find out about the Green Deal.
“ Members of the public can also contact us directly if they, or a someone they know, needs assistance. People must act quickly as this project is running from January to March 2013…”
“We would urge you to take the time to talk with The Footprint Trust to see how you, your family or those you care for could benefit from this project which is designed to support those who may be struggling to afford their energy bills.” Councillor David Pugh, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council.
One interesting innovative idea is that the Footprint Trust are to train people to be Energy Ambassadors – so they can help their friends and family save money on energy too, as part of their current Heat & Eat scheme.
The Footprint Trust can be contacted by phone or text on (01983) 822282 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also contact them on Facebook and Twitter.
Fuel poverty is defined in the UK as any household that spends more than 10% of their income on fuel for their home.