States of Jersey provides opportunity for Jersey residents to save energy and help the environment through the Home Energy Scheme

May 6th, 2010 by States of Jersey Planning and Environment Department

In May 2010 board members of the Jersey Energy Trust joined residents of the Grouville Parish accommodation at Maison Le Maistre to celebrate the energy saving improvements to their accommodation which have been made over the past few months as a result of the Home Energy Scheme.

The improvements are part of Energy Efficiency Service’s core scheme which has now been opened up to all Jersey residents in receipt of Income Support and those registered on the 65+ Health Plan (Westfield).

The programme started in April 2009 and is already providing help to over 800 households and responding to the need in Jersey both for advice and for practical energy efficiency improvements.

The residents of Maison Le Maistre in Gorey have benefited from increased loft insulation and other energy efficiency improvements in their properties.

Sir Nigel Broomfield, the Chair of the Jersey Energy Trust, said ‘These residents are looking forward to a warmer and cheaper winter this year as a result of their increased insulation and there are many more Jersey residents whom the Energy Efficiency Service can help to do likewise. ‘

Sir Nigel went on to say ‘the financial benefits of energy efficiency are significant. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average household could save around £300 a year through installing the insulation and other energy saving measures that the Energy Efficiency Service offers.  As a result of a grant from the States of Jersey and a £0.5 million contribution from the Jersey Electricity Company we are able to provide these services without charge so the householders can benefit immediately from reduced energy bills.’

Senator Freddie Cohen, Minister for Planning and Environment, commented ‘We are delighted to be able to announce the expansion of the Energy Efficiency Service’s activities.  Energy efficiency improvements have a significant role to play in improving the lives of Jersey residents, in reducing carbon emissions as well as stimulating the local economy and I’d like to invite any eligible individuals to apply.’

Statistics

Energy saving figures quoted are from the Energy Saving Trust and are based on a gas heated semi-detached house with 3 bedrooms and UK gas prices.

The Energy Efficiency Service is monitoring our own scheme and will be able to produce Jersey specific figures in due course.  Cost saving potential calculated as follows if all the following measures are installed:

Annual saving (£ per year)

Cavity wall insulation – £115

Loft insulation – £150

Draught proofing – £25

Filling gaps between floor and skirting board – £20

Hot water cylinder jacket – £35

Pipe insulation -£10

For further information, please contact:  Sir Nigel Broomfield, Chairman, Jersey Energy Trust, on telephone 01534 869219 or Lisette Jones, Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency Service, on telephone 01534 441663

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