Clarion Housing Group and a consortium of nine European organisations¹ have come together to launch an energy saving tool designed to help social housing residents across the UK and Europe save money and reduce their energy consumption. The tool is a result of a project called TRIME. The motivation for the project is particularly clear in the UK, where more than a quarter of a million housing association tenants currently live in fuel poverty.
The TRIME tool was developed through extensive research and co-funded by the participating members and the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Union. Central to the project was the role played by a group of ‘energy ambassadors’, tenants of the participating housing associations who provided information on their use of energy and the type of support they needed to reduce costs and consumption. The ambassadors found the process not only helped save energy, and money, it helped to build neighbourhood relations and made participants feel closer to their communities.
Now online and free to use, the TRIME energy tool projects the typical social housing resident will save between £160 and £350 per annum by following a series of everyday guidance and tips. This can be achieved by following simple steps, such as: turning off lights more frequently, turning down heating by just one degree per room and showering instead of running a bath.
The ambition is for the results of the TRIME project to empower people to change their behaviour and reduce the number of social housing residents in fuel poverty. Data from the UK government shows that more than one in ten housing association tenants in the UK are in fuel poverty, which equates to 274,000 people.
As well providing the TRIME tool online, the conclusions from the project will be shared with other housing providers, to encourage them to design their own bespoke energy saving advice tools and services for their tenants.
Commenting on behalf of Clarion Housing Group, Helen Wilson, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Projects for Clarion Futures said:
"This has been an important three year project for Clarion and we’ve really benefitted from working with partners all across Europe. We are determined to do all we can to help take residents out of fuel poverty and our Energy Advisors will take the learnings from TRIME to further support our customers to lower their energy bills."
¹Ten organisations were involved in the TRIME project in total: Clarion Housing Group (UK), ZonnigeKempen (Belgium), Havensteder (Netherlands), Intent Technologies (France), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Vilogia Groupe (France), Polylogis (France), Eigen Haard (Netherlands), U-Sentric (Belgium) and Sestao Berri (Spain).