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  1. We have moved!

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    Act on Energy have moved offices! Having previously been based in the village of Wellesbourne, Warwickshire for the last 18 years, we have now moved to Pitchill, Salford Priors on the borders of Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We can’t wait to get started in our new home but, if you need to contact us, our new address is as follows:

    Unit 1.4 Lauriston Business Park

    Pitchill,

    Salford Priors,

    Warwickshire

    WR11 8SN

    Tel: 01789 333 169

    Or you can email us at advice@actonenergy.org.uk

  2. First ever Green GB Week date announced

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    The Business Secretary, Greg Clark has announced that the UK will be having it’s first annual Green GB Week will take place from the 15th October.

    The week, which is being organised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will see businesses and civic society organisations come together to promote the opportunities of clean growth.

    This year marks 10 years since the Climate Change Agreement was signed and aims to show how businesses and the general public can contribute to reducing emissions and improve quality of life as part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge under the Industrial Strategy.

    At Act on Energy we are firmly behind the idea of a more prominent public promotion towards the idea of clean growth for the future. We shall, of course, announce further updates on this development as they happen.

  3. Warwickshire Switch and Save!

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    Are you worried about your energy bills getting too hot to handle this summer? Or perhaps the idea of changing your energy supplier is giving you cold feet?

    If you think either of the above statements concern you, then why not sign up for the Warwickshire County Council’s Switch and Save? The scheme is brought to you by Act on Energy and iChoosr, the specialist collective switching organisation. iChoosr have helped over 650,000 households in the UK since 2012 saving on average £243 per household.

    The process is simple, you can register online or you can contact our freephone advice line. Once you are registered, iChoosr will contact you to confirm your registration. On May 22nd iChoosr will hold an auction with the energy suppliers whereby they will bid for the number of registered applicants. Once an energy supplier has won the bid by offering the lowest price per customer, iChoosr will contact applicants informing them whether the winning bid is cheaper than their existing bill or not. Applicants then have the option of confirming their intention to switch or staying with their current provider. It’s that simple! iChoosr and Act on Energy will do all of the legwork for you. All you need to do is have the details of your bill handy.

    If you are interested in signing up for the scheme you can click here or alternatively, if you, or someone you know, does not have access to the internet, you can call Act on Energy, your local energy advice charity on 0800 988 2881  for offline registrations. All of our staff are fully trained and are glad to  explain the scheme to you in more detail and help you through the registration process.

    If you live outside of this area you may still be able to join a scheme – click here to find out more.

  4. We have been nominated for an award!

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    If you thought it was time to roll away the red carpet last week with the Oscars you were wrong, because we are making a late entry this awards season!

    Act on Energy has been nominated for the 2018 Regional Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year Award at this year’s West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency Awards. This is to recognise an organisation who ‘has shown true commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people through energy efficiency in their region.’

    We are competing against three other worthy challengers but with our experience of front-line work in the community providing funding support for heating system installations for vulnerable people, assisting residents with price comparisons for energy bills and educating communities about the importance of reducing fuel poverty in our country, means we believe a win for Act on Energy would be an important statement in recognising the importance of our work.

    The finals take place on Thursday 22nd of March. Best of luck to all entries and lets hope for an Act on Energy win!

  5. Boilers, insulation, energy bills & more at Bromsgrove Pensioners Fair!

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    Act on Energy is attending Sajid Javid’s Bromsgrove Pensioners Fair on Friday November 3rd and we felt it was high time for a little reminder about what we do and most importantly, how we can help you in Bromsgrove.

    What we do in Bromsgrove

    Bromsgrove has one of the highest percentages of excess winter deaths in Worcestershire, with an increased winter mortality rate of 24% in 2015 compared to the previous year. As your local energy advice charity, we are determined to tackle these numbers with help from Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council. We have already made a significant impact as part of our work with local authorities as outlined in the Bromsgrove Council Plan 2017-2020, fuel poverty in Worcestershire has reduced from 12.6% in 2011 to 9.1% in 2014. This is of course a marked improvement but further work is needed.

    How we can help you

    We offer a variety of services and ways in which we can help you. Our priority is to ensure that people are keeping warm and healthy as those chilly winter nights start to settle in. We work very closely with Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council as well as many other organisations to administer services such as:

    • A Freephone helpline available 9-5 Monday to Friday for general energy efficiency queries or further advice about any of our schemes and projects.
    • Heating system repairs/replacements/installations for those on means tested benefits or a low income.
    • Free advice and assistance on dealing with your energy bills – including debt relief advice and price comparisons.
    • Tips and hints for dealing with problems with damp, mould and condensation.
    • Free advice surgeries and drop in sessions across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Worcestershire. Come and see us in person to see how we can help you.
    • Presentations to the public and professionals on all of the above plus information and myth-busting about smart meters.

    We are here to help you. If you feel you need any advice or assistance call us, free on 0800 988 2881.

     

     

  6. New funding available to update old boilers and fight fuel poverty

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    Stratford District Council is working with its partners Act on Energy, an energy advice charity based in the District, and the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action – who are providing funding to replace or introduce a central heating system for households who are struggling to heat their home.

    This scheme is delivered as part of the Warm and Well in Warwickshire programme which aims to improve home energy efficiency and help residents keep warm and well during colder weather. This funding is available for low income, private homeowners who have a long term health condition made worse by living in a cold home. Living in a cold home negatively affects dexterity and increases the risk of accidents in the home.

    To qualify for financial help, home owners need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • In receipt of means tested benefits or have an income below £16,010 per year.
    • A member of the household has a diagnosed long term health condition such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease. (See full eligibility criteria for a more comprehensive list of conditions.)
    • Have an old and inefficient or broken central heating system or no central heating system in your home

    Cllr Robert Vaudry, the District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Infrastructure said: “Many households in our District are thought to have a low income and high energy costs making heating their home more difficult.  By improving the heating system we can make keeping warm more affordable and living conditions more comfortable.  We are working in partnership with a number of organisations to get information to residents who are most in need.”

    Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of NEA said: “This is a new and exciting programme. The evidence base clearly demonstrates that living in a cold home can cause premature death and exacerbate a range of health conditions potentially costing the NHS over £22 billion in the next 15 years. Partnerships funded through this programme will demonstrate how improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock can improve health and well-being”.

    For more information including full eligibility criteria contact Act on Energy 0800 988 2881. Act on Energy is the local energy advice charity supporting residents for over 18 years.

    To confirm your eligibility and register your interest contact Act on Energy 0800 988 2881

    Funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and will require a home visit from an energy advisor to evidence householder eligibility.   The scheme will close in March 2017 or sooner if all the funding is allocated before.

  7. Greenstone Finance acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company

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    LONDON, 15 January 2017, Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets (“Aurium”) have today announced the acquisition of the business and assets of the Green Deal Finance Company (“GDFC”), as well as its existing loan book with a principal value in excess of £40m; the acquisition is being supported by Honeycomb Investment Trust (“HIT”) which is managed by Pollen Street Capital.

    Read the full press release

  8. Spreading the word about smart meters: Local charity Act on Energy wins Smart Energy GB in Communities grant

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    Act on Energy has received a grant to spread the word about smart meters amongst several disadvantaged groups in the West Midlands. It is one of just 18 national and regional organisations to receive a large grant from the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund.

    Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no extra cost, by 2020. Smart meters provide gas and electricity readings directly to suppliers, meaning an end to estimated billing. They also show people how much they are using in pounds and pence, via a hand-held in-home display.

    This grant fund is a central part of Smart Energy GB’s work to ensure everyone in Great Britain hears about smart meters and knows how to use them to get their gas and electricity under control. It is working with partners across England, Scotland and Wales to reach people who may face barriers to claiming or using their smart meter.

    Act on Energy has received £18,000 from Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout. The funding will be used to work directly with communities in areas of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Solihull.

    The fund is managed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which has 45 years’ experience in designing and delivering strategic grant-making programmes. It is part of the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme, which is being delivered by a consortium of charities – National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), Media Trust, and CAF – to help ensure no one is left behind in the smart meter rollout.

    “This represents a significant advance for households to only pay for the energy they’ve used rather than having estimated bills from their energy supplier” stated David Jullien, Chief Executive of local charity Act on Energy. “We encourage householders to reduce their energy use and costs in many ways and smart meters are the next logical step.”

    Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

    “Smart meters are transforming the way we buy and use energy. Our job at Smart Energy GB is to make sure that everyone in Britain knows what a smart meter is, how to get one, and how to use it to get their gas and electricity under control.

    “We know we can‘t do this job alone. We rely on expert partners to share information in ways that work for people who may need additional support to understand how to get and use a smart meter. We’re delighted to be working with Act on Energy through Smart Energy GB in Communities, to ensure everyone has the information they need to benefit from this transformative new technology.”