Youngsters leaving care get energy smart

Youngsters leaving care get energy smart

1 February 2013 NEP News

Setting up home for the first time is a balancing act between new found freedom and increased responsibility. Support of any kind can be a welcome relief, and that’s just what NEP and Eon have done by delivering practical energy advice to young people e making the step from care to independent living.

NEP’s Affordable Warmth Manager Miranda Cumberbatch has devised an interactive training session to give youngsters the tools to get smart with their energy, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds a year off their fuel bill. A pilot session has recently been delivered to 12 individuals between the ages of 18 and 19.

This Eon initiative provides the knowledge to help individuals get to grips with energy saving, from the big things like home insulation to quick wins like switching to a cheaper energy tariff and turning appliances off standby. It also incorporates activities to strengthen their literary and numeracy. 

NEP offers a valuable follow up service and visit the youngsters in their new home to carry out a room by room home energy assessment. This will flag up areas where energy use can be cut down by introducing simple lifestyle changes like adjusting the radiator TRVs to suit the room. 

Eon is eager to dedicate more funding to these sessions for NEP to reach more people in the very same situation. 

Miranda Cumberbatch has over 8 years experience of delivering energy training sessions to NHS staff, residents associations and community groups.  Every course is tailored to the group to ensure high engagement and real actions. 

Let’s hear it from the trainees

We thought the session was a hit and saw attendees leave buoyant with their new found knowledge.  But what did they have to say?

Nim said “It was really good, I learnt a lot of things I did not know before, finding out about the savings,

learning about the fridge and energy labels, I did not know about insulation”.

Paddy said “Amazing, I learnt so much, sometimes you think you know it all, I learned so much, let me shake your hand!”

And finally Mardin added “Everything today was fantastic.  I did not know anything about the house and how to save money before today.”