Smart Energy GB in Communities
Smart Energy GB in Communities is part of Smart Energy GB’s campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they bring. Smart Energy GB in Communities is being delivered by charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS).
Through the programme, we are partnering with regional organisations from the voluntary and public sectors. This means we’re able to work with trusted, expert organisations across the country to ensure people understand the benefits of smart meters and know how to get one.
We are pleased to announce the programme for 2019 is launching week commencing 4 March. For 2019 we are targeting funding and support to partners reaching people over the age of 65.
NEA believes that smart metering has the potential to provide real benefits for vulnerable and low-income householders, but only if these individuals are effectively engaged and supported throughout the smart meter journey. We are proud to be working with Smart Energy GB and EAS to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in the smart meter rollout, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.
Smart meters are being installed by energy suppliers. To find out how you can get a smart meter from your energy supplier please visit the Smart Energy GB website.
If you would like to know more about our other projects regarding the smart meter rollout visit www.nea.org.uk/smartmetering
How to get involved
NEA is delighted to lead the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme, we cannot reach everyone without your help. To support regional trusted partners, the 2019 programme may be able offer funding and free briefings to partner agencies supporting the programme.
Our Smart Energy GB in Communities fund opens week commencing 4 March for applications – please see the Grants page for details. To keep up to date with future funding opportunities sign up to our newsletter.
Our free smart meter briefings are available for regional partners reaching the over 65s. More information is available here. Please get in touch to tell us how you could benefit from a briefing to support this year’s target group. Capacity is limited so please contact us. Our free training will help you understand more about the rollout, including the benefits and the challenges so you are better able to answer questions from your service users. We are keen for partners new to the rollout to benefit from these.
Free leaflets to help you spread the word about smart meters
If you know of someone who could benefit from a smart meter but who needs help understanding how to get one, or what they are, Smart Energy GB have free printed leaflets and downloadable materials available to help explain smart meters and the national rollout.
Smart Energy GB’s resource centre offers free printed informational leaflets. The printed leaflets are available for those reaching people who may need additional support to engage with the smart meter rollout.
Order your free printed informational leaflets on the resource centre.
The overall objective of the partnerships programme in 2018 was to reach people over 60 with no personal internet access and those aged over 65; people who are severely and profoundly D/deaf; and people on a low income, to provide the necessary education and reassurance to build confidence in new technology by demonstrating that smart meters are easy to use.
The programme provided 138 grants of up to £5,000 to local and regional organisations, trained 774 champions, and worked with 54 partner organisations not in receipt of a grant. Smart Energy GB are currently evaluating the overall reach and impact of the 2018 programme.
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