The States of Jersey expands its Energy Efficiency Service to help more islanders reduce their energy use

October 15th, 2010 by States of Jersey Planning and Environment Department

The States of Jersey Energy Efficiency Service will provide more assistance to Jersey home owners in 2011.

As a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, Jersey has affirmed its intention to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and the Energy Efficiency Service has a key role to play in helping Islanders take action to tackle climate change.

Jersey’s Energy Efficiency service was launched in April 2009 to encourage Islanders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and to provide tools to help them do so.

The Home Energy Scheme began by assisting eligible Islanders (those on Income Support or on the 65+ Westfield Health Plan) to reduce their energy bills, keep warmer and to reduce their environmental impact.

In early 2010 the Energy Efficiency Service launched the Community Buildings Programme which provides assistance to charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide a service to vulnerable Islanders to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

The services will now be expanded to include:

  • An energy efficiency advice line to help Islanders identify what measures can be carried out on their properties to improve energy efficiency and guidance as to how to go about making those improvements happen.
  • An aerial thermal imaging map of the Island, in partnership with the Jersey Climate Action Network (J-CAN), to provide a visual assessment of how well heat is retained by individual properties.
  • An online home energy assessment tool.
  • Support for the Eco-Active Sustainable Schools Framework through a package of activities to help schools monitor and reduce their energy consumption and to support curriculum based activities on energy efficiency.
  • Support for Eco-Active Businesses to help them understand, monitor and reduce their energy consumption.

Senator Freddie Cohen, Minister for the State of Jersey’s Environment Department, said “Islanders want to save energy. In 2011 the Energy Efficiency Service will provide Islanders with the information they need to take action and improve the energy efficiency of their homes and work places and save money at the same time.”

The Energy Efficiency Service, which is part of Jersey’s Environment Department, is supported by annual funding of £1 million from the States of Jersey and a generous seed donation of £0.5 million from Jersey Electricity Plc.

The Jersey Energy Trust launched their plans for 2011 at Ogier House at The Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey.  As the first BREEAM ‘very good’ building in Jersey, Ogier House provides an exemplar as to what can be achieved in reducing the environmental impact of buildings.

Sir Nigel Broomfield, Chair of the Jersey Energy Trust, which oversees the Energy Efficiency Service, said “that the Ogier’s achievement in reducing the environmental impact of their office building can provide inspiration for us all to go away and think about what action we can take at home and at work to reduce our energy consumption.”

Clive Chaplin, Chairman of Ogier said “we have been an Eco-Active business for a number of years.  When we were looking to build new office premises we knew that we wanted to embrace green best practice and to have as low an environmental impact as possible. Ogier House is the greenest commercial building in the Channel Islands and we have balanced our commercial requirements with green initiatives to provide world class facilities for staff and clients.”

For further information about Jersey’s Energy Efficiency Service please contact:

Lisette Jones, Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency Service  Tel: 01534 441663

Sir Nigel Broomfield, Chair, Jersey Energy Trust  Tel: 01534 869219

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