Somerset homes Flourish after smart meter advice

CSE teams up with local housing provider

1 September 2010

Smart meters are recognised as one of the best ways to help people better understand their domestic energy use – and a new pilot from CSE intends to put theory into practice by introducing devices to households across Somerset.

Working with social landlord, Flourish Homes, CSE are installing a small number of meters into properties across the Mendip district of Somerset.

The smart meters, which were highlighted as the most popular ones on the market following research by CSE last year to find out what makes a good energy display, will help residents learn more about their own energy consumption, enable them to take control and hopefully help them to save money.

Housing officers from Flourish Homes will follow CSE staff as they’re introduced to learn how they work. In a month or so, once a household has reduced its energy use, Flourish will then be able to pass them on to the next home.

The smart meters are just part of the work CSE is carrying out with Flourish Homes at the moment. Advice staff have also attended area forum meetings to run informal discussion sessions about energy saving in the home. They have also run a stand at the Street fun day and in Collett Park. They’ll also be in attendance at the upcoming Frome Cheese festival – where they’ll be handing out ‘goody’ bags as well as running a competition for one lucky resident to win a bike.

Louise Rutterford, who is managing the project for CSE, said: “The advice we are offering people is what they can do in their own homes to change their energy use. Often, people aren’t aware of where energy is consumed and we want to empower people to make changes to help them save money.”

CSE are also hoping to host a special ‘troubleshooting’ event later this year offering specific help and advice for people with night storage heaters. A mailout will be going out to residents in the near future.

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