In October PUNL ran an event at Caxton House in Islington: You have the Power! Learn to shrink your energy bills, save ££s & carbon, where certificates were handed out to participants in the Energy Champion programme.
A ‘one to one’ energy saving session
Earlier in the summer, PUNL ran an intensive online programme over three weeks, organised by Tanuja Pandit and led by an experienced trainer. Ten members of the community volunteered for the Energy Champion programme and learnt how to help people to: reduce their energy bills by switching suppliers and /or by accessing the best tariffs; take advantage of available discounts e.g., Warm Homes discount and services, e.g., Islington’s Shine service; and tackle fuel bill arrears while ensuring they reduce heat loss and optimise energy use in their homes.
Subsequently PUNL partnered with Caxton House to run two face-to-face workshops with people from the local community followed by 1-to-1 energy advice sessions attended by 8 were residents and two Shine employees.
Referrals were offered to Islington Council’s SHINE service where the residents could benefit from green doctor style home visits and in-depth support with energy efficiency measures, energy debt advice.
PUNL is planning to partner with Caxton House to apply for a larger grant to reach and support more vulnerable people.