Birmingham Energy Savers Reports Surge in Demand Thanks To Voluntary Groups

16th April, 2013

Birmingham City Council and Carillion Energy Services report that resident enquiries to their BES advice line have exceeded expectations. BES director Chris Hall claimed that more 300 incoming calls per day were being received, with a total of 9000 calls so far. He attributed the success to marketing activity carried out through 40 voluntary groups in the region. He claimed that local residents receiving information about Green Deal or ECO via trusted groups in the community demonstrated the importance of the third sector. He also said that 900 people had signed up in Birmingham under the ECO Affordable Warmth scheme.
Research conducted by Birmingham PhD students has revealed that residents’ primary motivations for enquiring about retrofit were high energy bills and increasing awareness of ECO funding available for the fuel poor or hard to treat properties.  He said that the presentation of measures as an integrated and comprehensive package, rather than as isolated technology ‘quick-fixes’  was also being well received.
The encouraging news from BES comes as other large scale retrofit delivery mechanisms prepare to follow suit. Warm Up North, the energy efficiency framework being driven in the North East by Newcastle City Council, is currently reviewing a shortlist of three bids with an announcement due at the beginning of July. Remaining bidders are British Gas, a consortium of Keepmoat, EDF Energy and social housing providers Gentoo and a further collaborative bid from RWE npower plc and Wates Construction Limited.  

For more information on retrofit programmes in your area why not take a look at the recently launched Retrofit Roadshow programme – www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk

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