Peterborough environment charity, PECT, has received an international Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in Fuel, Power & Energy Saving. The award was given for the charity’s Warm Homes Fenland initiative, which aimed to improve the lives of vulnerable households that were suffering from or at risk of fuel poverty.
The Green Apple Awards are presented annually to help recognise, reward and promote Environmental Best Practice around the world.
Nikki Dekker, Project Officer for Warm Homes, said: “We are thrilled to have received the Green Champion Award. It has been fantastic to support residents with essential support to keep their homes warm and improve their quality of living. Fuel poverty still affects 2.4 million households in the UK and here at PECT, we are passionate about supporting people in need”
The project finished in March 2021 and has supported over 593 residents with free home energy advice and support, which included top-up fuel vouchers, debt relief, small home improvements and access to additional support. From this, Warm Homes has helped to save £122,114 in costs on fuel bills. To help make this possible, the initiative was funded by the Kenneth Miller Trust.
Although this initiative has come to an end, PECT has launched a new Warm Homes service this year; Cambridgeshire Home Energy Support Service (CHESS). This has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire ACRE and is aimed at vulnerable residents across northern Cambridgeshire.
If you would like to find out more about the service and discuss your situation, you can freephone on 0800 8021773, email [email protected] or visit www.pect.org.uk/WarmHomes. To receive support, you must meet eligibility criteria.
To make this service possible, Warm Homes has been funded by the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, please visit www.energyredress.org.uk for more details.