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Less is More when it comes to electricity

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Residents learn how to use the OWL monitors at their local library Residents learn how to use the OWL monitors at their local library

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), in partnership with the Alliance Homes Group and Western Power Distribution has launched a project to help a housing estate in Weston-super-Mare use less and spend less on their electricity, especially during peak times.

Less is More is a pilot project that aims to help communities on the Bournville reduce their electricity consumption together.

The initiative will run for the whole of 2014, with activities, events and advice sessions organised throughout the year. OWL monitors are also available for residents to hire from local libraries. These monitors will help people keep a close eye on how much electricity they use and see how much they save by turning off the television for example.

Every community taking part in the project has a reduction target to aim for. Energy usage is displayed in real time on a simple website, where residents can see how it compares against their target. The less electricity that is used means more prize money that can be won. The Bournville community is aiming to save enough electricity to win £5,000. You can see the latest usage figures on the Less is More website - www.lessismore.org.uk.

Michelle Harper, Bournville Team Manager at Alliance Homes, said: "Fuel poverty is a concern for our tenants and we aim to support them with good information and practical advice, which is why by working with the CSE and with our own Financial Inclusion workers, we believe we can make a real difference to local people."

Rachel Coxcoon, from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, said: "We are very excited to be working on this innovative project with Alliance Homes. We believe it will demonstrate that Bournville residents can work together to reduce the community's electricity consumption, resulting in lower energy bills for homes on the Bournville and prize money to invest in the area."

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