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.
Energy Advice for Everyone
Energy Efficiency Education in Maghera and Draperstown
Does your TV use electricity when it’s on standby? That was just one of the questions posed when the Housing Executive’s energy efficiency education programme recently visited Culnady PS in Upperlands, Maghera and will be posing to pupils of Altayeskey PS in Draperstown soon.The scheme is funded the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland. Through a unique schools programme it teaches children how to be energy efficient so they can save energy and money - vital for helping to tackle fuel poverty.
Funded by us and delivered in partnership with Bryson Energy, the programme is designed to inspire children in Key Stage 2 (P5, P6 and P7) to address energy efficiency both in school and at home. The programme aims to educate children about energy efficiency so they bring it home for the whole family to learn from. During the fun interactive session those taking part look at how energy is generated, learn about the different types of fuel, why insulation is used, what renewable energy is, the results of pollution, climate change, the effects of global warming and how to be more energy efficient in everyday activities.