Step into your cafe for energy saving ideas!

Energy experts from the local Footprint Trust have come up with a unusual idea to help those suffering from the effects of high fuel prices.

They are hanging about in local cafes and giving away free tea and cake! That’s not all they are giving away, Energy Champions Mark Russell and Ray Harrington-Vail will also be giving out information on how to reduce energy bills, and booking appointments for free home visits.

Ray Harrington-Vail and Mark Russell, from The Footprint Trust, were appointed Champions by the Big Energy Saving Network earlier on this year. Ray is already recognised as National Heat Hero, due to his pioneering work on the Island.

“Some 19,000** Islanders will spend this winter making the stark choice between Eating or Heating.” said Mark Russell.

“Many people need help as they are spending more than 10% of their income on fuel for their home.”

The first cafe to be visited this winter will be the Isobel Centre, Furrlongs, Pan Estate, Newport, on Tuesday 10th November from 1 1am to 1pm.

This will be followed by a visit to Dimbola Cafe, Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, on Friday 13th November from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

On Tuesday 17th November Ray and Mark, will be at Kevars Cafe, 49 High Street, Ryde, from 11am to 1pm.

The final session for 2015 will be at the Seabreeze cafe, York Avenue, East Cowes on Tuesday 1st December from 10am to 12 noon.

“We are very grateful for all the help and support from local cafe owners, who have made these events possible…” Said Ray Harrington-Vail, the Trust’s General Manager.

Every year the charity helps around 2,000 people reduce their energy and water bills, whilst still staying warm and well, through their WarmerWight plus project. On average that save households around £200 per year.

For more information please call the Trust on 822282 or email
The Trust has been able to carry out this work on the Isle of Wight this winter thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and DECC.


The Footprint Trust is a local charity founded in 2002 on the Isle of Wight. It assists over 2,000 people a year through its work in energy conservation. The charity also involves people in a whole range of projects that enhance the environment.

Community Action Awards 2012 – Environmental category
National Heat Hero Award 2012
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013
SHG Partnership Working Award 2014
Big Energy Saving Network Champions 2015

**Data from DECC shows over 9000 households in fuel poverty. Although a report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy puts the figure at 25%, giving the Isle of Wight the highest rate of fuel poor households in the South East.