Charity looks for Energetic Champions

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

MP Andrew Turner is urging Isle of Wight residents to look into a newly launched scheme which could save them hundreds of pounds on their energy bills this winter.

The Monergy Scheme has been launched by The Footprint Trust and aims to help Island families save money through the sensible use of fuel.

The trust is looking for parents to act as Energetic Champions who will receive a short fun training session during school hours.

The champions will then be able to apply what they have learned to save on fuel bills in their own homes and share their knowledge with family and friends to enable them to do the same.

The trust also has details of cheap and free insulation for homes and deals on new heating systems. The project is paid for by the IW Council.

Mr Turner said: "Fuel poverty is an issue affecting many Island households. At a time when we look set to face large increases in fuel bills over the next five years, it is important that everyone is aware of ways to save money with their energy consumption.

"I would urge Islanders to look at this initiative launched by the Footprint Trust. It could have a huge impact on the stretched household budget of many Island families."

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust added: "Those taking part could easily knock between £100 and £400 off their energy bills in the next year."

The project also offers free home visits and a helpline, giving guidance on energy and water efficiency. For more information, email ray@footprint-trust.co.uk or call 01983 822282.

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