As part of the Suffolk Energy Action campaign, The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership has been awarded a further £3.5million by the Department of Energy and Climate Change from the Green Deal Communities Fund.
Following the delivery of similar, smaller projects such as Warm Homes Healthy People and Green Deal Pioneer Places in 2012/13, the team’s successful bid was announced by Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at Ecobuild 2014, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment
Suffolk is amongst only six areas in the country to benefit from the Green Deal Communities Fund” to date.
The money will be used to support up to 2,000 households to make energy saving improvements to their homes as well as enabling local plumbing, heating and building businesses to gain training and national accreditation to undertake this type of work.
Further information about Suffolk Energy Action can be found on www.suffolkenergyaction.org or by calling 0800 8409090 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm).
Where residents will be able to find out which money saving, energy efficiency measures could be installed in their home.
These will be at a reduced cost or in some cases free of charge.
Over the coming months specific neighbourhoods across Suffolk will also be targeted with letters and followed up by visits from trained advisors.
These will be in Beccles, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowestoft and Sudbury.
The letter will clearly display the Suffolk Energy Action and Council logos - all addresses within ‘No Cold Calling Zones’ noted by Suffolk Trading Standards will be removed from the campaign.
Councillor Richard Smith MVO, Suffolk County Council, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning said:
“This is a major new initiative delivered in partnership with all seven Districts and Boroughs, supporting Suffolk residents to reduce their fuel bills by making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
“We are also aiming to engage the private rental sector through the project, in order to help tenants who are struggling with energy bills in properties that require updating.”
“This initiative is not only important to help residents tackle rising fuel bills, but also assists the development of the local green economy as well as delivering on Suffolk’s ambition to Create the Greenest County.”
All Suffolk’s Local Authorities will be working together to deliver Suffolk Energy Action, in conjunction with trusted local partners such as Bright Green East of England, Lofty Heights CIC, the Rural Coffee Caravan and Climate Energy.