12th - 18th March is Climate Week and South Yorkshire Housing Association’s (SYHA) LiveGreen Team are working with Groundwork Sheffield’s Green Doctors to reduce the region’s carbon footprint; dishing out free thermal socks and energy advice to people young and old throughout Sheffield and Rotherham.
Craig Jackson, SYHA’s LiveGreen Lead, had this to say:‘Making small changes to your lifestyle can mean big savings to both our environment and your fuel bills – this Climate Week we are aiming to get South Yorkshire sustainable!’
Last year, LiveGreen delivered one of the largest solar retrofit projects in the UK; installing solar panels to over 600 homes in South Yorkshire. LiveGreen’s green gurus are now branching out, delivering initiatives such as community energy projects and renewable energy training.
Groundwork’s Green Doctors have been raising awareness of home energy usage and delivering energy efficiency improvements in Sheffield for over two years. The Green Doctor team recommend easy and simple lifestyle changes which can have an immediate effect on fuel consumption and energy bills. Please contact Groundwork Sheffield (0114 263 6420) if you would like to book a Green Doctor home energy assessment.
LiveGreen and Groundwork’s Green Doctors will be out in force proving that it really is easy being green:
- Tuesday, 13th March (9am-11.30am) – Arbourthorne Community Primary School (Sheffield – S2 2GQ)
- Young people in Years 5 & 6 will be learning about climate change – through various interactive activities
- Tuesday, 13th March (1pm-3pm) – The Meadows Extra Care Housing Scheme (Sheffield – S5 7JH)
- Residents at The Meadows (people over the age of 55) will be given free home energy advice, assessments and energy saving installations:Susan Rutherford from Gleadless Valley, has already had a visit from Green Doctors, and she had this to say: ‘They did a full energy assessment of my home, explained the energy efficiency ratings on my kitchen appliances, and then used an energy monitor to show me how much electricity I use.Now I only boil the amount of water I need in my kettle and I don’t leave appliances on stand-by. I also got some really helpful information about how to switch energy suppliers.I would definitely recommend a Green Doctor visit; the advice about making little changes has made a big difference!’
- Thursday, 15th March (10am onwards) – Masborough (Rotherham S61 1RZ)
- LiveGreen’s Tenant Liaison Officer – Saxon Bond – will take to the streets of Rotherham delivering ‘Warm Packs’ to 200 SYHA residents in Masbrough. The packs have been funded by the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Rotherham NHS, and not only contain cost-cutting energy advice and information, but also: a fleece blanket, thermal socks, a hot water bottle, a flask and four portions of vegetable soup.