ZapCarbon and London & Quadrant Housing Association were delighted to receive a prestigious award at the recent Environment and Energy Awards, for Innovative Energy-Efficient Project.
This highly commended award looks at energy-efficient projects which have shown an innovative approach through the planning, development and implementation stages.
The judges looked at the scope of the project implemented, their impact and effectiveness and most importantly the significant savings achieved compared to previous energy usage.
“this innovative entry and their commitment to the project impressed the judges to a level where they wish to award a ‘highly commended’ ”
EnergySave was set up to help L&Q residents to look at their habits around energy use, reduce energy consumption, household bills, mitigate against the effects of fuel poverty and improve their homes’ energy efficiency.
ZapCarbon developed the innovative resident engagement programme over a 2 year period.
A key element to the programme’s success was an integrated suite of bespoke online software to manage and deliver the programme, as well as provide ongoing support to residents.
Behavioural changes helped make were encouraged through a mixture of expert home visits, free energy saving equipment as well as follow on coaching and text messages.
Over £400 saved over 2 years
Over its two year duration EnergySave reached 20,000 of L&Q’s residents across 22 boroughs and counties in London and the South East.
Each participating household saved on average £416 and an estimated 4,573 kWh of energy and 1,274 kg CO2 over the project’s duration.
In 2015 L&Q undertake a second phase of this award winning project to reach as many homes as possible.
National Perspective: Why is this important?
Millions of people living in fuel poverty across the UK, are often paying a lot more per energy unit, than most households on middle incomes.
This project demonstrates that education and behaviour change can be used an as a cost-effective tool to impact many people’s lives in a positive way.
Imagine the difference that could be made if these benefits could be extended across all the 4.5 million in fuel poverty up and down the country?