Wednesday November 26th 2014
Global Action Plan, an environmental charity, has recently launched an initiative to support communities in Hampshire take control of their energy bills.
The Big Energy Race was launched to engage community groups and help to understand their current energy use.
Global Action Plan, , in collaboration with the Energy Saving Trust, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Energy UK, will use a variety of challenges to help households reduce their energy consumption.
The initiative, also supported by major energy providers including Npower, British Gas, EDF and Green Energy, aims to register at minimum of 250 community groups by the end of January 2015 and engage 250,000 households – ultimately reaching more than 1million people.
Communities and individuals will compete by accumulating points by undertaking challenges, such as tracking their meter readings or visiting an elderly neighbour who needs help to make their house warmer. The communities or individuals who accumulate the most points will receive a prize, which consists of money towards an energy saving activity in their area.
The Big Energy Race starts on January 12, 2015.
Managing partner at Global Action Plan, Andy Deacon, comments: “Using energy efficiently is one of the biggest challenges facing consumers, yet the vast majority feel powerless to act.”
“Global Action Plan’s Big Energy Race is a win-win for consumers and providers. It will empower communities and individuals to take control, get energy fit together, and ultimately reduce their energy use.”