(Guest post editied from a press release issued by Brighton & Hove 10:10. Go HERE to see the source)
Help is at hand for Hanover homeowners wanting to reducing their energy bills, after four local organisations won Government funding to carry out nearly 200 free home energy efficiency assessments in the city.
Brighton & Hove 1010, Brighton Energy Co-operative, the Low Carbon Trust and Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, working with community partners, including Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, successfully bid for a total of £242,188 from the Government’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF).
The grant will be used to carry out free, energy efficiency surveys in 175 homes in Hanover, Hollingdean and Portslade, and in community centres across the city. Up to 400 homeowners will also receive free energy efficiency packs that will include energy meters, draft-proofing and radiator boosters to help them get started on making their home warmer and more comfortable to live in.
The Green Building Partnership, a newly formed cooperative of local contractors and suppliers that specialises in eco refurbishments, will deliver the reports and surveys.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability Cllr Pete West said: “We’re very pleased to see the LEAF funding being awarded to support these local groups. We recognise all the hard work they have been doing in the city to promote energy efficiency and carbon reduction, and this funding provides a great opportunity to work together and make a real difference for our residents.”
Tom Chute, project manager for Brighton & Hove 1010, said: “This is fantastic news for Brighton & Hove residents. With energy bills increasing every year, it’s vital that we help residents stop wasting energy and make their homes warmer and more comfortable to live in. LEAF helps us start this process.”
If you would like to take part in this scheme, recieve a free home energy audit and report and energy efficiency pack you can telephone The Green Building Partnership on 01273 961272 or go here and fill in a form or turn up at the ‘Warm Home Drop-in” on Saturday Feb 25th at the Hanover Community Centre: 10.30am – 12,30pm and 2-4pm.