The project, which is funded by the National Union of Students’ Green Fund, works in co-operation with students and landlords in Worcester to ensure that all students are ‘energy aware’ as they move off campus after their first year of study.
The first year of the initiative has seen a number of students in private rented homes supported with peer to peer help by professionally certified student Energy Advocates, as well as having achieved significant savings on students’ energy bill.
Last month, representatives of the project met with Steve Egan, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the body responsible for providing the National Union of Students with the money to fund Energize Worcester and similar programmes across the country.
After visiting a Worcester student house which has benefited from the Energize Worcester project, and viewing a presentation on the scheme’s success thus far, Mr Egan said: “It’s great to meet with a group of people who are intent on making good things happen, rather than just talking about it.
“What I like about the project is how it focuses on the issues facing both students and landlords, and works on mutual benefits. You see students motivating and encouraging other students to benefit themselves and their communities.”
Mr Egan was also on hand to present the inaugural Energize Worcester Energy Saving Champion award to the student who has cut the most from their energy bill over the last year. The 2014 prize was handed to Anthony Ball, a History student who managed to save an overall of impressive 56% from his energy bill.