Can you help us in the Home Energy group? We have three project proposals and have obtained funding from Surrey County Council to meet most, if not all, of the costs involved. We now just need some volunteers to help us carry them out as widely as possible. The projects are described below. Please get in touch if you think you can help with any of these, or if you know anyone who may be interested either as a volunteer or as a recipient of our services. You can contact us here.
1. Helping Ashtead residents get home energy grants.
Many people do not realise they are eligible for grants for things like insulation and a new boiler. We want to increase the take-up of these grants by Ashtead residents. We have developed a one-page questionnaire that asks all the questions that determine a household’s eligibility for grants. We need volunteers to visit people in their homes, help them complete the questionnaire, and then ring the Energy Savings Trust to find out the grants available. The volunteer should also offer to help explain the grant offers to the resident and, if appropriate, help them get the work ordered and completed properly. We anticipate that many of the residents we contact will be elderly and will appreciate this extra assistance.
2. Energy Surveyors
We have been discussing with Mole Valley District Council the possibility of training volunteers to carry out home energy surveys. The surveyors will then be able to carry out surveys in people’s homes, identify the most desirable improvements, and give an indication of the costs and payback periods.
3. Practical draught proofing
We are looking for people who enjoy DIY to install draught-proofing products in homes in Ashtead. We have identified the best products to use and will organise training to make sure everyone is confident in using them. We will use some of our funds to buy an initial stock of products. When that is used up, we will ask the householder to pay for the materials used.