Energy saving scheme in line for a top award

Groundwork's Mike O'Brien, left, helps to fit reflective foil behind a radiator to conserve energy.
Groundwork's Mike O'Brien, left, helps to fit reflective foil behind a radiator to conserve energy.

A scheme which aims to make 100,000 homes more energy efficient is set to scoop a top award.

Warmer Wyre aims to reduce gas and electricity bills for vulnerable tenants living in Regenda Housing Association properties in Fleetwood and Over Wyre, in partnership with Regenda, Wyre Council and Groundwork.

It forms part of Groundwork’s pledge to bring 100,000 houses across the country out of fuel poverty by 2015.

And the scheme has won a Green Apply Environment Award.

This is a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities – and the people behind it will be visiting the House of Commons next month to find out whether it’s bronze, silver or gold.

Groundwork’s initiative was focussed on people receiving health-related benefits and those over 70.

Its staff visited homes and installed energy-efficiency measures and advised tenants on how they could cut energy consumption and costs.

Measures included fitting reflective panels behind radiators, draft proofing and installing an electricity monitor.

Groundwork’s Adrian Blundell said: “We are really excited about the fact that our work has been recognised with this award and we’re looking forward to the ceremony on November 11.

“The environment is about a lot more than planting projects, proven by our sustainability work and our target to help get so many people out of fuel poverty.

“Our work in Fleetwood and Over Wyre is supporting that national target.

“Our thinking is that instead of saying someone ought to be doing something, we are helping people make that difference.”

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