10 October 2013
Jersey Cheshire Home has saved more than £9,000 on its energy bills since 2011 as a result of work to make the building more energy efficient.
The charity has benefited from the Community Buildings Programme run by the Energy Efficiency Service. The scheme gives help to charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide services to vulnerable members of the community. The aim is to improve the energy efficiency of community properties, resulting in reduced overheads and a more comfortable environment for clients.
The work follows an energy review on Jersey Cheshire Home’s Eric Young House. The building, which was built in the 1980s is home to 25 disabled residents, but also opens its doors to members of the public.
Over the past three years the Community Buildings Programme has paid for a variety of energy efficiency measures such as installing loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, as well as various heating system improvements including a new highly efficient condensing boiler.
Operations Manager David Lord said “We’re thrilled with the work that’s been done through the Community Buildings Programme. Not only are we saving money, but more importantly, our residents have been feeling the benefits ever since.”
The Minister for Planning and Environment, Deputy Rob Duhamel, said “We’re delighted that Jersey Cheshire Home is already seeing such a considerable energy saving, as this is exactly what the programme was designed to do. We all have a responsibility to help care for the vulnerable members of our community as well as our environment, and we’re proud that this programme is achieving in both respects."
Help for other charities and not-for-profit organisations
A further 20 Jersey organisations have benefitted from energy efficiency measures through the Community Buildings Programme. Another five organisations have been successfully accepted on to the programme, and are currently awaiting work.
The Energy Efficiency Service invites any charity or not-for-profit organisation that provides a service to vulnerable Islanders to apply for help by contacting them for more information.