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.