Residents on the Isles of Scilly have been given the opportunity to identify their home energy priorities by reporting on their energy use and home heating.
A survey going out to householders throughout November and December is the start of three years of work by Cornish charity Community Energy Plus and the Council of the Isles of Scilly to establish the best ways to help islanders use less energy and manage costs, with the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint of the islands.
As well as paper surveys coming through the post, the survey can also be accessed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/islesofscillyhouseholds
Community Energy Plus will be looking at all aspects of householder energy use, including insulation measures, heating systems, type of housing and energy costs. The activity is part of their Big Lottery funded Warm Me Up! project, which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable people in fuel poverty across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
To build an accurate picture of the energy-related issues Islanders face and begin offering the most relevant services, the charity is encouraging all residents to complete the form as thoroughly as possible.
Alec Rice, Fuel Poverty Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, spent the day on St Mary’s for a Health and Wellbeing Fair on the 13th November.
Alec said: “We were overwhelmed with enquiries during the day, and it was the start of our quest to learn more about the unique issues Islanders face in relation to energy use and housing stock.”
“This survey will identify how we can help them reduce their energy costs and stay warm. We are urging residents to complete the survey either through the post or online as the more responses we receive, the more accurate the results will be. This is the start of a closer relationship between our charity and the Isles of Scilly, and we’re looking forward to spending more time on the Islands helping individual householders.”
‘Warm Me Up!’ is a four year project which was launched by the Cornish charity following a grant by the Big Lottery Fund and aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people living in fuel poverty. Through the project, individuals can also benefit from home visits to receive advice on household energy.
For more information, call 0800 954 1956.