14 May 2010
Members of the Jersey Energy Trust will join residents of Maison Le Maistre in Gorey on Tuesday 18 May 2010 to celebrate the recent energy saving improvements that have been installed as part of the Home Energy Scheme. These include increased loft insulation and other energy efficiency ideas.
The improvements are part of Energy Efficiency Service’s core scheme which has now been opened up to all Islanders in receipt of Income Support and those registered on the 65+ Health Plan (Westfield).
The programme started in April 2009 and is already providing help to over 800 households, responding to the real need in the Island both for advice and for practical energy efficiency improvements.
Sir Nigel Broomfield, the Chair of the Jersey Energy Trust, said "The Grouville residents are looking forward to a warmer and cheaper winter this year as a result of their increased insulation and there are many more Islanders who could be helped by the Energy Efficiency Service."
Sir Nigel went on "The financial benefits of energy efficiency are significant. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average household could save around £300 a year through installing the insulation and other energy saving measures that the Energy Efficiency Service offers. As a result of a grant from the States of Jersey and a £500,000 contribution from the Jersey Electricity Company we are able to provide these services without charge so the householders can benefit immediately from reduced energy bills."
Senator Freddie Cohen, The Minister for Planning and Environment commented "We are delighted to be able to announce the expansion of the Energy Efficiency Service’s activities. Energy efficiency improvements have a significant role to play in improving the lives of Islanders and in reducing carbon emissions, as well as stimulating the local economy, and I’d like to invite any eligible individuals to apply."