06 Nov 2014
BHESCo is a Big Energy Saving Network Champion!
The Big Energy Saving Network 2014/15 (BESN), a £1 million programme to support third sector organisations and community groups deliver energy reduction advice to vulnerable consumers, has been launched by DECC. The programme of outreach is being led by 160 specially trained Champions, who will go on to deliver training to front line workers and volunteers so they can all go on and deliver advice to vulnerable consumers on energy usage, fuel costs, energy efficiency and thermal comfort, switching energy suppliers and types of energy tariffs.
BHESCo is excited have been chosen as one of the 16 Champions across Sussex, that will be training front line workers and meeting with the public between now and March 2015.
The BESN is a fantastic way of making energy advice accessible to vulnerable people in the community. The programme aims for each Champion to train 40 volunteers and for each volunteer to reach 100 people. If you are a front line worker or volunteer and would like to be trained to give energy saving and switching advice and to assist us in signing eligible people onto the priority service register, please contact us.
Householders in deprived areas of Brighton and Hove to be given free assistance to lower their energy bills
BHESCo were part of the team of community groups led by Energise Sussex Coast that won a £17,000 award for the best Socially Innovative Community Project at the Solar Power Portal Awards last week. The award was sponsored by The Rexel Foundation.
BHESCo’s focus in the Energise Sussex project aims to reduce fuel poverty in the Brunswick and Adelaide, as well as the Regency communities of Brighton and Hove, which are some of the city’s most deprived areas in terms of Income, Employment, Health, Education, Crime and Environment.
BHESCo plan to do this not only by conducting free energy assessments in residents’ homes and encouraging them to switch to a cheaper supplier, but also to reduce the amount of energy people use. They will provide free energy efficiency products, such as draught-proofing kits as a result of these energy assessments, installing the products for more vulnerable residents.
The prize will take the form of goods and services for a future project that falls within the same parameters. Richard Watson, founder of Energise Sussex Coast said “ We want to target the older, cold and draughty properties in seaside towns like Brighton, Newhaven and Hastings where this award will make a real difference “ .
Kayla Ente, founding director of BHESC0 said, ‘We are very excited that the work we are doing is being recognised and endorsed by such an award. We plan to continue with similar projects in the Brighton area to benefit the community and end fuel poverty and our dependence on the Big Six energy suppliers.
BHESCo plan to begin their project in November alongside the Big Energy Saving Network Scheme that aims to help the vulnerable save up to £200 a year by switching tariff or supplier and getting the £140 Warm Home Discount.
On Monday, 27 October, Fuel Poverty Action launched their Energy Bill of Rights in Parliament to the acclaim of MPs and community groups.
BHESCo have pledged our support for the bill which campaigns for an affordable renewable energy system owned by the community, read the blog post on our website.
The launch in Parliament will be a chance for people to share their stories of when their rights to energy have been violated, listen to others stories’, share victories, and talk together about how we can put the Energy Bill of Rights into practice. BHESCo spoke about the important contribution that Community Energy Groups can make to securing a safe, clean and secure energy future, reviewing all the different options available for energy generation, inlcuding wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, tidal and wave energy.
Please contact your MP to support Early Day Motion number 395 that was put forward by Caroline Lucas, our local MP.