A local project to help young families in the Isle of Wight reduce their fuel bills takes to the road today (Wednesday, October 6) thanks to a major funding boost by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust (SPEPT).

The Island’s Footprint Trust charity has received funding from SPEPT to help around 1,600 households reduce their fuel bills over the next three years.

Part of the funding will be used to advertise the ‘Energetic – Fueline for Families’ project on the back of a double-decker bus which it is hoped will show local people ways they can save money, and reduce their carbon footprint, by being more energy efficient.

The grant will also be used to recruit and provide free training to parents to become ‘Energetic Champions’ so they can show others how to save energy and signpost them to available support.

Attending the ‘Energetic’ bus unveiling today in St Thomas’ Square, Newport was Neil Hartwell, a Trustee of the SPEPT and David Pugh, the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council.

Neil Hartwell of SPEPT, said: “The Isle of Wight has some of the most poorly insulated homes in the country and fuel poverty is an issue affecting many households, which is why we hope the support we are giving will help to make a positive difference.

“This project which is being run by the Footprint Trust will be able to make a real impact on the lives of many families living on the Isle of Wight and we will be watching with interest to see how the project develops over the next three years.”

The Footprint Trust Charity, which is working with the island community to promote the benefits of leading a greener lifestyle, is targeting the ‘Energetic’ project at people aged between 16 to 30.

A series of workshops will take place in schools to provide parents with information on how to save energy, including advice on how to read bills, switch energy suppliers and save money around the home.

Those trained will then be able to apply their new knowledge to their home and share their skills with neighbours, families and friends.

Ray Harrington-Vail, General Manager of the Footprint Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the ScottishPower Energy People which will greatly help our efforts to encourage young families to use fuel more efficiently.

“By taking part in our ‘Energetic – Fueline for Families’, we hope to support around 5,000 individuals through a range of measures including providing invaluable free guidance on how they can insulate their homes and save up to £400 off their energy bills.”

The Energetic project also offers free home visits and a helpline – giving guidance on energy and water efficiency. For more details, email
ray@footprint-trust.co.uk or telephone 01983 82-22-82.


For more information contact:

Ray Harrington-Vail, General Manager of the Footprint Trust on 01983 822282.


Kim Munro, The BIG Partnership, on 0141 333 9585 / 07966 224910

Note to Editors:

· The ScottishPower Energy People Trust does not provide funding directly to individuals but provides funding to not for profit organisations which represent the vulnerable/fuel poor. People described as living in fuel poverty are those who spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.
· There is no time limit in organisations applying for funds as the Trust is a long term registered charity. The decisions on the awards to organisations are made independent of ScottishPower by the Board of Trustees of the charity.
· To apply for a grant from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, log onto www.energypeopletrust.co.uk or email enquiries@energypeopletrust.co.uk or call 0141 568 3388.
· The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is just one of a number of ScottishPower initiatives which assist some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. As well as working closely with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, ScottishPower employs Community Liaison Officers who visit people in their homes. The energy supplier has also insulated thousands of homes across the UK through its Energy Efficiency Commitment and has supports the Home Heat Helpline which focuses primarily on tackling the issue of fuel poverty.