The search is on for 100 ‘energy champions’ from Northamptonshire to help 20,000 people in their community become more energy efficient and to reduce the cost of their energy bills.
Over the next six months, training will be given to people across Northamptonshire in towns including Northampton, Daventry, Corby and Kettering so they can learn how to take control of their energy usage and then share the advice with others in their community.
During the free sessions, trainers will show people how they can take simple steps to save money on their energy bills, such as making their homes more energy efficient, dealing with fuel debt problems and understanding how to switch suppliers.
Once qualified, the new energy champions will be encouraged to pass on their new knowledge to help other residents also save money on their fuel bills and stay warm in their homes.
The project is part of the £1.2m Community Action Partnership delivered by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and British Gas, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire EnergySaver.
Cllr. Andre Gonzalez De Savage from Northamptonshire County Council said: “We want to create warmer, and more energy efficient homes across Northamptonshire. I’d urge people to come forward and become our energy champions, helping those in need in our community.”
Maria Wardrobe, director of external affairs at National Energy Action said: “We’re pleased to be working with British Gas and Northamptonshire County Council to bring warmth and comfort to our local communities. This training is ideal for anyone who wanting to make their home more energy efficient, or would like to learn how to help others get on top of their energy use.”
Christine Tate, head of corporate responsibility at British Gas said: “We’re working with the NEA to help communities take control of the amount of energy they use so they can become more energy efficient and reduce the cost of their bills.”
To become an energy champion or for more information please contact Saleem Sheikh, NEA on 02476 559191