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 or call 01983 822282.


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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 20:18:04

I can save £400-£900 a year really easily, with a wooly jumper and a blanket!

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by Mike Crowe

14th November 2012, at 16:40:04

I belong to quite a few organisations and associations, where the committee serve 'for the benefit of the members' and don't draw a salary, they just have justifiable expenses refunded on the production of a legitemit receipt. These people serve 'for the benefit of the members'. Wouldn't it be nice if MP's and Councillors did the same?

Question. If the above ruling were to be applied, how many names would appear on a Parliamentry or Council Ballot Paper?

Food for thought

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by tony white

14th November 2012, at 16:06:06

And what pray Mr Turner will that do for those of us already fully insulated and with energy efficient boilers and it seems being penalised with ever highr price hikes , perhaps you should use your obvious enthusiasm to demand the government crack down on the thieving utility companies but then with your salary and expenses i don't suppose it affects you too much

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by Don Prescott

14th November 2012, at 13:14:22

Aren't we "doubling up" here?

I thought that David Green is supposed to be trying to easily knock £100 - £400 off residents energy bills, or at least that is what he hinted at on the BBC One Show.

What with that and now the Footprint Trust telling people how to "knock £100 - £400 off their bills, very soon the electricity companies will be paying us to use their electricity.

Yeah! Right!

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by Neil Rogers

14th November 2012, at 12:23:11

Mr Turner .. Fuel Poverty .. how do you reduce your energy cost across your many homes ..I'm sure you claim for everything .. therefore I very much doubt it really is a concern to you. so enough of the lecture ,, we are at the mercy of the utility companies.. fact ..

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 11:16:09

CASK = CASH obviously

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 10:33:11


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