Everton residents are energy efficient
Published by Lucy Bradwell for The Regenda Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Residents of Maritime Lodge receive their energy efficient gadgets from Sarah Thomas
North West housing provider The Regenda Group has been working with residents in Everton to help keep their energy bills down as the weather begins to get colder.
Sarah Thomas, Regenda’s Environmental Officer, who worked on the campaign said: “It’s important that everyone stays warm this winter. It is particularly important that families with young children and older people feel confident that they can turn the heating up whenever the temperature drops. We’ve given away over 150 packs and alongside other work such as installing efficient boilers, loft and cavity wall insulation we aim to make sure that no one is left in the cold this year.”
The packs were distributed to residents on the Grizedale estate and at Maritime Lodge, an Independent Living community, in Everton. They contained an energy saving mobile phone adaptor, energy saving advice DVD and water saving devices including tap aerators, a shower restrictor, a cistern insert and shower timer. The gadgets will help residents save energy and water and will help to keep bills down.
Sarah also held an energy efficiency surgery at Maritime Lodge so that residents were able to check that they were on the cheapest energy tariff.
Sarah said: “Typically residents were able to save between £80 and £90 a year by making sure that they are on the cheapest tariff, and some residents will be able to save much more. The purpose of the surgery was to raise awareness about how much money people can save just by keeping an eye on their energy usage and making simple changes, like turning the TV off from standby, which can make a big difference.”
Joyce Hunter (87), from Maritime Lodge said: “The session was very useful. At the present moment I am not concerned about my bill but I maybe if it goes up in the future. I am using most of the gadgets, especially the plug for the mobile.”
Sarah’s Top Ten Energy Saving Tips can be found on Regenda’s website on: www.regenda.org.uk
The Regenda Group is a leading housing and regeneration organisation, with more than 12,000 properties across the North West providing homes for more than 25,000 people.