The Sureserve Foundation are delighted to announce that they have awarded £5,000 in grant funding to the C.H.E.E.S.E. Project, a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company based in Bristol.
The C.H.E.E.S.E Project (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) is an award-winning CIC that has worked for five years in Bristol, engaging local communities and householders to improve the energy efficiency of housing by making energy-loss visible. Through the development of their own innovative, low cost thermal imaging equipment, they are able to reveal precisely where domestic heat is lost in fuel poor households. Their unique thermal imagery surveys then enable householders to reduce wasted heat and achieve warmer, healthier homes, which in turn help to save carbon emissions, through the implementation of closely-targeted, cost-effective remedies often using low-cost DIY methods.
Fuel poverty is likely to be worsened by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, but with the support of the Foundation, the C.H.E.E.S.E Project now have the opportunity to expand their operation encouraging and enabling highly targeted remedial action at low cost and with rapid pay-back in reduced energy bills. To respond to the urgent need to retrofit homes to combat both fuel poverty and carbon emissions, TCP will utilise the money from the Foundation to enhance and strengthen its training provision.
Mike Andrews, Managing Director of The C.H.E.E.S.E Project, said "The grant from the Sureserve Foundation is extremely helpful and timely. It will enable us to update and expand our training course for Energy Tracers™ from the community in preparation for new training in South Bristol and Bath, for which we have separate funding. It will also help us to get ready for an anticipated post-COVID virus expansion in franchising our surveys elsewhere in the UK. We already have numerous enquiries from NGOs, councils, etc. We also look forward to working with Sureserve on retrofitting in the future."