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bigenergysavingThe Island’s energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have been awarded funding to help people struggling with energy bills.

The Trust will be offering free training to anyone who works in the community so they can help Islanders with some basic energy-saving tips. The Trust have staff available to visit people in their homes for further money saving ideas.

Ray Harrington-Vail and Mark Russell, from The Footprint Trust, have been appointed ‘champions’ by the Big Energy Saving Network. They deliver free, fun, informative 45 minute sessions to any group of six or more people.

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The Trust’s National Heat Hero, Ray Harrington-Vail said:

“We cover the basics which many people working in the community find when they work or help people especially in their homes.

“In our session, people will find out how to check that someone is on the right tariff, information about switching, how to save £140 off electricity bills, and how to make sure the most vulnerable people get help if the electricity supply fails.

“We are happy to talk to groups such as health or community workers, or clubs, associations or social groups. We just want to get the message out that there are simple ways of saving energy and money”.

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, The Footprint Trust can save Islanders thousands of pound every year, following one of their free visits. Contact them on 01983 822282 or email [email protected].

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The Footprint Trust is a local charity founded in 2002 on the Isle of Wight. It assists over 2,000 people a year through its work in energy conservation. The charity also involves people in a whole range of projects that enhance the environment.

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