Affordable energy project rewarded

Housing association Boston Mayflower has scooped an award for its Affordable Warmth project. Pictured, from left, Affordable Warmth officer Elizabeth Lamming, director of operations Matthew Spittles and Affordable Warmth assistant Kim Bartle.
Housing association Boston Mayflower has scooped an award for its Affordable Warmth project. Pictured, from left, Affordable Warmth officer Elizabeth Lamming, director of operations Matthew Spittles and Affordable Warmth assistant Kim Bartle.

Housing association Boston Mayflower has received £1,500 through a national award for its Affordable Warmth project, which aims to help those living with heating issues.

The Community Action Awards, which are run by fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas, recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency among vulnerable households.

The money will help Boston Mayflower to deliver the Affordable Warmth project, which provides energy 
advice and education to tenants.

Boston Mayflower’s Affordable Warmth officer Elizabeth Lamming said the award will help further the project by allowing the addition of Engery Champions.

The project prioritises those in low energy-rated properties, in receipt of benefits, vulnerable tenants and tenants living in properties heated by domestic heating oil.

Advisors visit tenants’ homes providing advice and education on energy switching, best use of heating systems as well as guidance on fuel debt.

The organisation’s repairs contractors have helped fund the cost of the service and remain important partners in delivering improvements to tenant’s homes.

Elizabeth said: “In the first year of our Affordable Warmth Project, 421 households have saved a total of £65,600 - an average of £152 per household assisted. Along with our programme of home heating improvements, advice on the use of our heating systems and how to prevent condensation, this ensures that Boston Mayflower tenants are in energy efficient, 
healthier, warmer, more affordable homes.

“The award is enabling us to further our project with the addition of Energy Champions.”

Boston Mayflower said at present it is reported that more than 3,600 households in Boston are experiencing the impacts of fuel poverty.