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Power company gives green charity a helping hand

A Sutton charity which helps communities reduce carbon emissions is celebrating thanks to a cash grant of nearly £10,000.

From Press releases - 3 March 2015 12:00 AM

A Sutton charity which helps communities reduce carbon emissions is celebrating thanks to a cash grant of nearly £10,000.

Bioregional, based in Helios Road, Hackbridge, has been awarded the money by UK Power Networks and will use it to help involve three schools in Sutton to lower their carbon footprint and educate the wider community about sustainability issues.

Bioregional will use the money to focus on four areas. The first will encourage children to switch off electrical appliances and save energy in their schools. The second will carry out school energy-saving audits while the third will provide energy-saving packs for pupils to take home with the final project encouraging schools to plant trees and hedgerows with edible fruits.

The charity’s managers hope to save at least 10% energy in each school, engage with 600 pupils, distribute more than 225 home packs and help 60 residents learn how to save energy in their homes.

Henry Unwin, from Bioregional, said: “This series of projects will engage with those most in need of help.

“By working with schools which can improve their energy-saving performance, and in areas of relatively high fuel poverty, we can directly address the needs of pupils and their families.

“Schools and homes will see a reduction in their energy bills, children will learn about the environment and local residents will benefit from information and advice on the important issue of fuel poverty.

“We are very grateful for the money from UK Power Networks that will allow us to carry out this import work.”

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million homes and businesses in the East of England, London and the South East. Through its Power of Giving fund, it has helped many community projects, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, said: “There is so much good work being carried out in communities, to help create a better life for many people.

“Through the Power of Giving scheme we can support those charities and organisations to help give something back to the communities where we live and work.”