Horizon 2020, the main instrument for funding research and innovation in the EU, is open and has an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. Bryson Energy’s team has a wealth of knowledge in the delivery of successful EU projects having participated as a partner in SAVE II, Intelligent Energy for Europe and Interreg programmes.
Building on our experience of delivering EU projects on energy advice, eco labelling and consumer engagement Bryson Energy is co-ordinator for a proposal to the EE-10 call: Consumer Engagement for Energy Efficiency submitted in June 2015.
Oil Buying Clubs Scheme - For lower cost oil, join our club
Households are benefitting from reduced heating costs as the Housing Executive and Bryson Energy work in partnership alongside community groups to establish a network of 27 oil buying clubs across Northern Ireland.
To date we have established 20 Oil Clubs across the country and have completed our first oil buys in Ballinascreen (Draperstown) in County Derry and Richmount (Portadown) in County Armagh.
In Draperstown 9,050 litres was ordered for 14 members and the price negotiated by Bryson Energy was 35.8p per litre – won by Nicholl Oils.
We ordered 2,200 Litres of oil for 6 members of Richmount Oil Buying Club at 36ppl from Lisburn Fuels.
On average 500 litres cost the members £179.50, the average price for 500 litres on the Consumer Council website was £200.02, so an average saving of £20.52 was achieved (10.26%).
Raymond Gormley (Scheme manager) from Bryson Energy said:
“Oil is the main fuel for almost 70% of homes in Northern Ireland and its price remains changeable. We are delighted with the positive response from those living in the Draperstown and Richmount areas and with the results from the first oil fills.”
Pictured celebrating the first fill are (back l-r) Jenna Coey (Bryson Energy), Robert Clements (Housing Executive) and Stephen Hunter (Bryson Energy); Front (l-r) Roisin Murray (Ballinascreen Credit Union Board member and Oil Club member); Gearóid O’Neill (Ballinascreen Credit Union)
Bryson Energy & Colin Community Partnership
Bryson Energy through its New Health Routes Project has been helping families from the Colin Community in Belfast access fuel poverty schemes. With a focus on children we worked in partnership with a number of stakeholders in the area to raise awareness of the impact of cold homes on children’s health and well being making it easier for families to access energy efficiency schemes and the energy saving advice available through the Bryson Energy Advice Line.
Partners included the Colin Community Partnership, Colin Sure Start, Local Pharmacies and Footprints Women’s Centre. Our activity resulted in over 200 families receiving energy saving advice. Many of these families’ also received top up loft insulation to improve the homes energy performance and a benefit entitlement check to maximise household income. With the assistance of the Colin Sure Start 30 families also received an Energy Saving Pack containing an energy monitoring device, water widget, a hot water tank jacket, reflective radiator panels and some low energy light bulbs.
In May Bryson Energy established a Community Oil Buying Club for households in the Colin Area and will be working with partners in the area to grow membership over the coming months.
Bryson Energy celebrate with Eco Schools
The Bryson Energy education team recently attended “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” Eco School’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Magherafelt. With over 2000 children attending on the day, there was a packed Meadowbank arena with dozens of exhibitors and workshops on display.
One of those exhibitors was Elaine Brownlee from Bryson Energy who provided information energy advice and savings tips. As a delivery partner to the Eco Schools project, Bryson Energy is always very willing to help during these special occasions. Elaine held a competition for pupils attending, demonstrated how renewable energy works with a photovoltaic model box and promoted the energy education programme to teachers in attendance.
The Eco Schools project aim is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. This year, Northern Ireland became the first country in the world to have ALL of its primary schools registered on the Eco Schools programme and back in 1994, Downpatrick Nursery School became the first school in the world to obtain the Green Flag, this being the highest award obtainable within the assessment process and which all schools are currently working towards.