Tap into Savings project launched in Surrey

Published:  18 February, 2010

REDHILL: The UK’s biggest water and energy saving project – Tap into Savings – was launched recently in Surrey.

The Tap into Savings community initiative will help people in nearly 1000 homes in Redhill and Merstham save water and energy, as well as money on their household bills.

Tap into Savings will also be delivered in two other areas in the UK – the Midlands and East Anglia – and will jointly involve more than 10 000 people. Results will be evaluated and announced later this year.

A recent Tap into Savings survey, in Redhill and Merstham, found that more than half of the residents involved (54%) are worried about paying their energy bills. The majority of residents surveyed also saidthat they are already taking steps to save water and energy, but many would like to do more. Tap into Savings will help people achieve that aim. 

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to help residents save water and energy by encouraging small changes in their behaviour and installing products in homes. Tap into Savings will help us all live more efficiently in both environmental and monetary terms,” explained Joanne Zygmunt of Waterwise, who is leading the Tap into Savings project team.

Officially launching Tap into Savings at The Belfry Centre in Redhill Peter Ainsworth MP, 2009 Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year, said:  "As the population of the South East continues to grow there is increasing pressure to lead our lives more efficiently when using these life-essential resources.”

Funded in part by Defra’s Greener Living Fund (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Tap into Savings is a joint project led by Waterwise and undertaken with the help of Raven Housing Trust, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Global Action Plan, and the Environment Agency.

The Tap into Savings initiative in Surrey is focused on 600 selected Raven homes in the Redhill and Merstham area and also involves 350 private homes within the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council area.

Homes will be provided with a range of free water efficient devices, including toilet cistern kits, aerated showerheads, shower adaptors and tap inserts fitted in bathrooms and kitchens. Residents will be encouraged to take control of their energy bills with the help of free energy monitors, energy saving products and advice.

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