Boilers on offer through money-saving partnership

By on 31/07/2013 in News

An innovative partnership that aims to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions is looking to help the people of Sutton Coldfield access new boilers and enlist community ambassadors during a series of free drop-in sessions for the public during August.

Birmingham Energy Savers, a Birmingham City Council/Carillion Energy Services partnership, will be holding sessions at Sutton Coldfield Library every Tuesday in August between 9am to 1pm.

Exchanging an old, inefficient boiler for a new A-rated one could shave up to £310 each year off fuel bills. The process starts with a free energy assessment of your home to identify which improvements - like a replacement boiler and roof and wall insulation, etc - could increase the energy efficiency of your house or privately-rented flat. Financial help may be available to help you meet the costs and you don't need to change energy supplier or be on benefits to take part.

Birmingham Energy Savers, or BES, is offering free energy assessments across the city to discover which improvements – like replacing old boilers and insulating walls and lofts - could help customers make savings. As the work is being carried out as part of the Green Deal, the cost of the improvements can be repaid over time in instalments via electricity bills. This year, BES has completed over 570 energy assessments and made improvements to 83 homes, 480 high rise flats and 10 schools/ community centres.

Local community engagement has been a key part of BES' activities, working with over 500 faith, social and community groups to inform the public within the wider Birmingham area of the availability of free assessments as the first step to potential savings.

BES' Community Engagement Manager, Natiesh Marshall, said: “In these tough economic times, it is great for us to offer the chance for people to make large savings on their energy bills. A new boiler can save money, as can other improvements like wall insulation could save up to £490 on bills annually.”

Student Dave Taylor who had the loft, external walls and interior doors of his Northfield flat insulated, said: “My life was once controlled by the coldness of my flat.

“I used to spend so much time at libraries because it was so cold and I couldn't afford to spend too much money on bills. Now I can be at home more because it is so warm and I don't always need to have the heating on like before! My winter heating bills have been cut by nearly 50 per cent.”

BES is now looking to enlist community ambassadors to relay its money and carbon-saving messages  to their network of friends, colleagues and organisations.

Natiesh added: “We have taken out advertising on buses and in newspapers, for example and been busy using Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Still, it is important also to communicate through face-to-face engagement through trusted networks. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to know more about working with us or arranging for us to visit their organisation. Positions are voluntary but we will provide training if required and reimburse agreed expenses.”

Birmingham Energy Savers, will be holding free drop-in sessions at Sutton Coldfield Library, Lower Parade Sutton Coldfield, B72 1XX every Tuesday in August between 9am-1pm.

For more information about becoming a Community Ambassador or to book a free assessment call 0800 917 5772 or email BirminghamEnergySavers@carillionplc.com and quote ‘SuttonObs.’

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Media enquiries

•    Veron Graham, Marketing & Communications Executive, Birmingham Energy Savers.
Tel: 07891 568 592.   Email: veron.graham@carillionplc.com

•    Kris Kowalewski, Press & PR Manager at Birmingham City Council, on telephone 0121 303 3621 or 07920 750 008 or kris.kowalewski@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) is the partnership between Birmingham City Council and Carillion Energy Services that is delivering the Green Deal across the city. Under Green Deal, properties where savings are insufficient to cover the cost of improvements may be eligible for improvements under the Energy Company Obligation.   Residents can also contribute additional money up-front if they want to pay for extra work.

In October 2012, Carillion was named as the preferred bidder for BES, an eight-year contract estimated to be initially worth up to £600 million, but has the potential to be extended to the wider West Midlands area under a framework agreement worth up to £1.5 billion over eight years.   Carillion successfully mobilised the service in spring 2013, and the signing of the first Green Deal is a key milestone.  As the builders of the brand-new Library of Birmingham, Carillion have a strong relationship with the city.

For more information on BES on social media, log onto:-

•    www.facebook.com/BhamEnergySavers
•    www.twitter.com/BhmEnergySavers
•    www.youtube.com/ukBES
•    www.flickr.com/photos/bhamenergysavers
•    www.linkedin.com/in/bhamenergysavers

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