SELCE's work on energy efficiency and how to save money

Energy efficiency and how to save money

South East London Community Energy visited the VAL offices on Monday 25th March to deliver some training to staff about fuel poverty and how to save money on your energy bills. The two main areas of focus were how to improve the energy efficiency of your house and how to get the best deal with energy suppliers and navigate the energy market.
 
Many of the organisations that VAL supports may benefit from similar training, to ensure anyone in or at risk of fuel poverty are able to access any grants and discounts they are entitled to, such as the Warm Home Discount and funding via the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for home improvements such as loft and cavity wall insulation.
 
SELCE hold ‘energy cafes’ throughout the winter months (October – March) where people can drop in with their energy bills and get free advice, tea and cake. Throughout the summer months (April – September) SELCE is running a project to help people access the ECO funding, because many people are eligible but don’t know that they can get this assistance. As part of this project we are running our fuel poverty and energy advice workshops with community groups and frontline workers, as well as door knocking days in areas where people are likely to be eligible. So do get in touch if you would like us to run a workshop for your group or workplace. 
 
SELCE is looking for volunteers to help with our next ‘ECO Blitz’ door knocking day on Saturday 13th April (which will take place either in Lewisham or Greenwich). Volunteers will get a free lunch and refreshments, training about fuel poverty, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and how to do door knocking successfully. There will be two door knocking sessions in small teams, with a break for lunch and then a debrief to see how people found it. If people at the door aren’t eligible or interested, then it’s a great way to get the word out about SELCE in general and meet a range of local people. You don’t need any experience to join in. SELCE always needs volunteers for a wide range of tasks, ranging from office admin to helping with community events, so if you don’t fancy the door knocking but would like to get involved on other tasks please contact us.
 
Get in touch with Helen Jackson, the ECO Project Outreach Officer, at helen@selce.org.uk, 07990019003 or 0208 2694882. Website: http://selce.resourceforge.org/