The Footprint Trust has moved its popular Monergy workshops online, in a bid to help people freeze their energy bills in a COVID-safe way.

The Newport-based charity launched these helpful workshops 2010 and to date over 1,200 householders have benefited. Prior to COVID-19, various venues were used to deliver this project including the local Job Centres, libraries, family and community centres, churches and schools.

The new online session lasts just 45 minutes with some time at the end for questions. Trust staff then offer a private chat via a ‘phone visit’ which has replaced their home visits. During this call, tailored help can be given and details of other help available.

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Mark Russell from the Trust explains:

“We use a fair amount of comedy in our presentation generally, as we recognise that the subject of energy and water bills is a bit boring to most people. We avoid “death by PowerPoint” and irrelevant statistics, and just get on with telling people how to save money and take control.

“The session starts with the “Watts Up game”, where those present try and get electrical appliances in the correct order according to the amount of juice, they use.

“We then have a chat about Watts and the cost of buying energy, the importance of switching and turning stuff off when not in use, short showers, and correct setting of heating. The Warm Home Discount and Priority Service Register are also promoted along with discount tariffs and help available from Southern Water.”

The next free training is on Thursday 18th February at 13:30. For more details email [email protected] or call the Trust on 01983  822282.

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