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Powerful fund gives energy boost to communities

A cash boost from UK Power Networks will ensure a Luton charity can help residents make big cuts to their energy bills with a few small changes.

From Press releases - 17 April 2014 12:00 AM

A cash boost from UK Power Networks will ensure a Luton charity can help residents make big cuts to their energy bills with a few small changes.

The Silver Streak Recruitment and Learning Agency successfully applied for a £9,000 grant from the UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund.

From a pot of £100,000 it offers funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 for community projects, particularly those which focus on improving the environment and saving energy.

The judging panel meets twice yearly and people are now being urged to apply before the next deadline of April 30.

Silver Streak Recruitment and Learning Agency is one of the first recipients of the cash which will fund a new project called Bewise on Energy.

The project will educate young adults and families on low incomes about how to save energy and reduce their bills.

Roadshows will be held to help educate families about energy ratings of everyday household items such as TVs, computers and mobile phone chargers.

There will also be advice about how to calculate average electricity usage by day or by week as well as examples of energy efficient household tools such as light bulbs or timers.

Silver Streak Recruitment and Learning Agency provides education and training to meet the needs of the community, including older people and young people.

Fiona Atkinson from the agency said: "The Bewise on Energy project will help Luton residents to receive practical energy efficiency advice which they can use in their homes to help save money and become energy aware."

UK Power Networks distributes electricity to about eight million homes and businesses in East Anglia, London and the South East of England and launched the Power of Giving grants in 2013.

UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “We are delighted to award this money.

“Community projects, such as the one set up by Silver Streak Recruitment and Learning Agency, are so important, and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved.

“The Power of Giving Fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria and application form, are available on UK Power Networks’ website: here or by writing to: Sustainability Team, UK Power Networks, The Power of Giving scheme, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 6NP