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Energy Switch and Save scheme launch

Enderby residents, along with others in Blaby District could make big energy savings as part of the new ‘Blaby Switch & Save scheme’, a partnership initiative between the District Council and group buying organisation, iChoosr.

Blaby Switch & Save is part of the nationwide Collective Switching scheme, bringing together thousands of people from across the country looking for a better energy price.

Energy companies compete in the scheme by offering the lowest rate in an auction to registered users. The more people registered, the lower the price could be.

Auctions take place throughout the year with those who register receiving a free, no obligation offer from the successful energy provider(s) that have bid the most competitive rate in the auction.

Households choosing to take up the offer will have their new provider organise the transfer, making it an easy and smooth process.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “We’re delighted to launch Blaby Switch & Save and be part of such a successful scheme which has seen over 325,000 households nationally register for the chance to reduce their energy costs.

“Moving energy suppliers can be a long and difficult process, meaning some stay with their current provider despite continued price rises. We hope that this scheme gives many residents a hassle-free opportunity to save themselves a lot of money on their energy bills.”

Blaby District Council’s Resident Support officers and partners Supporting Leicestershire Families will be promoting the service to the most vulnerable families in the district to encourage them to keep their energy costs as low as possible.

For more information, a detailed frequently asked questions page and to register, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/switch.

To view the iChoosr website click this link

[Source article and image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Businesses can find out about reducing energy use

BusinessLocal small and medium sized businesses are invited to a free energy efficiency training breakfast, taking place on Tuesday November 5 in Loughborough.

The two-hour workshop, which is provided by Leicestershire District and Borough Councils and Rutland County Council in partnership with Verco, is to help businesses find out more about reducing their energy use.

There is also the chance to find out about opportunities under the Green Deal; Central Government’s initiative to help fund the upfront costs of energy efficiency improvements in England and Wales.

The event is being provided around Big Energy Saving Week as part of a project funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

There are 50 free workshop places available, and businesses will be provided with:
• Expert energy management training
• A ready to use action plan to start saving energy
• Information on how to manage and monitor their organisation’s energy use
• How to identify and implement key energy reduction opportunities
• How to conduct a walk around survey to identify further saving opportunities
• Implement actions identified within the session to save energy and money
• Sources of funding and the opportunities under the Green Deal
• One to one discussions with an expert energy trainer
• Networking opportunities with other local and like-minded businesses
• The opportunity to book in for a free business Green Deal Assessment

The workshop will take place on Tuesday November 5 in the Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, LE11 3EB. Registration will take place from 8:30am, with the workshop starting at 9:00am. The session will finish at 12:00pm with an optional advice surgery with the trainer from 11:30am.

To book one of the 50 free places, please contact Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634651 or 01509 634937 or email jennifer.roberts@charnwood.gov.uk

Booking is essential by 5pm on Tuesday October 29. Spaces will be allocated on first-come, first-serve basis. The booking deadline may be extended if there are still spaces available.

Help with making your home more energy efficient

energy saving 1Residents in Blaby district have got the chance to make their homes more energy efficient thanks to a new government scheme.

The Green Deal allows people to make energy-saving improvements to their home or business without having to pay all the costs up front.

This can include loft or cavity wall insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, solar panels and wind turbines.

At present 100 residents living in the district can benefit from a free Green Deal assessment through Blaby District Council.

The Green Deal process is as follows:

  • Assessment – a qualified Green Deal assessor will come to your property and discuss what energy saving measures you can have
  • Recommendations – the assessor will recommend how to improve energy efficiency in your property and the costs and benefits of these
  • Quotes – if you decide you want any improvements you can get quotes from Green Deal providers, once you have picked a provider they will draw up a Green Deal plan, which will cover the work to be done and the payments for this work
  • Installation – your provider will arrange for your chosen measures to be installed

A number of energy-saving measures have been fitted into a Three Oaks Homes property to show how the process works and the benefits to the house.

Floor insulation, loft insulation top up, pipe lagging, triple glazing and cavity wall insulation have all been fitted and in a few months the tenant will be reporting back what effect these changes have had.

Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The Green Deal scheme is an opportunity for residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes without the huge price tag. Now is probably a good time to look at options and advice available before the colder, winter months set in.”

For more information on how the Green Deal works and to organise a free assessment contact the Warms homes Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7536 or email housing.options@blaby.gov.uk