Local community group Claudy Rural Development have become the first of six groups to reach the fifth stage of Power NI’s ’Quest’ competition to become an energy saving champion.
‘Quest’ is giving six community and voluntary groups from across Northern Ireland the opportunity to be the first to complete the ten energy saving steps competition and win £10,000 to invest in renewable technologies for their community. Claudy Rural Development group completed the fourth stage after hosting Power NI’s bespoke energy training workshop, which educated key members of the group on increasing energy awareness and how this information can help other homeowners in the wider community become more energy efficient. .
To date the group have taken steps to provide free loft and cavity wall insulation for 20 homes in the area as well as providing free energy reports through Power NI’s online home energy check. They will also have the opportunity to provide funding to local businesses in the next stages of the project to improve their energy efficiency..
As the first group to reach the fifth stage of Quest, group representative Damian O`Kane said, “The Quest energy efficiency course has provided a lasting legacy to the greater Claudy area residents and will help them save money not only now but into the future”.
Claudy will now set their sights set on completing the fifth stage of Quest, working alongside Power NI to encourage householders to have their boilers serviced. Through Quest, 30 community members can take advantage of a discounted Power NI boiler service which will improve the efficiency of their boilers and help reduce their bills.
To follow the progress of Claudy Rural Development Group and the five finalists of Power NI’s Quest, visit www.powerni.co.uk/quest . For more energy saving information and details of available offers and discounts, call Power NI on Freephone 0800 0321 894 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm.)