A project that has helped hundreds of people across Knowsley save money on their energy bills has been shortlisted in top ‘eco’ awards.
Knowsley Housing Trust’s (KHT) Save Energy, Save Money project has made it to the final of the Sustainable Housing Awards in the Community Involvement/Engagement category.
The awards recognise the best ‘green’ social housing projects in the UK, and will be presented at a ceremony on October 19 at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
Save Energy, Save Money has been running since 2009 to help Knowsley residents save on their energy bills and reduce KHT’s carbon footprint.
It has been spearheaded by KHT’s Social Responsibility Coordinator Anthony Jarvis.
He said: “Save Energy, Save Money has made a significant difference to energy bills and carbon emissions over the past few years and we are very pleased to have been recognised in these awards.
“It shows what can be achieved when organisations like KHT, partners and residents pull together to affect changes that make a big impact.”
The project provides home energy audits to help people identify where they can reduce their energy use through behavioural changes or improvements to the fabric of the property.
KHT has completed more than 1,000 assessments over the past year, advising on behavioural usage, water meters, warm homes discount applications and referrals for free insulation to lofts and cavity walls.
It also includes EcoTeams – a series of community workshops to advise households on how they can reduce their impact on the environment on topics such as grow-your-own, recycling, energy, water, travel, and creative cooking. Around 80 households took part last year, each typically saving £170 and one tonne of CO2 annually.
Save Energy, Save Money has also teamed up with Money Angels to make sure void properties are set up on the best value energy tariff to suit the new occupants when it is re-let and Billscutter to provide an impartial energy tariff check or swapping service.
The project has also been delivered with support from the Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT), Global Action Plan and E-on.
The Sustainable Housing Awards 2012 are organised by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing.
Jess McCabe, Editor of Sustainable Magazine said: “Now in their fifth year, the Sustainable Housing awards 2012 have, once again, been inundated with entries from the leading green organisations featuring the most innovative and impressive projects in the UK.
“It is a fantastic achievement for KHT to be shortlisted in the face of such fierce competition. We are thrilled to be able to host the awards ceremony that recognises the work of the housing sector’s sustainable pioneers.”
Sponsors of the awards include: Breyer Group, H + H, Higgins, VPhase, Wates Living Space, Rockwool, NHBC, Profile 22, Sustainable Homes, United House and Galliford Try.