Green Doctors provides practical help with keeping warm while saving money on energy bills.
Hastoe partnered with the environmental charity Groundwork UK to establish the Green Doctors Programme.
In an initial pilot, Green Doctors – independent and impartial energy efficiency experts – visited 33 residents that were over 65 and using electric storage heaters. The visits aimed to provide practical help with keeping warm to a vulnerable group of residents.
The visits lasted two hours and provided advice on energy efficiency, ventilation, tariff switching, and how to install draught proofing measures. A range of personal warmth items were also provided, such as blankets and bed socks.
Following the success of the pilot, Hastoe extended the programme in 2015 to 258 residents of a mixed age range. Overall, this programme achieved a satisfaction rating of 94%, estimated carbon savings of 21 tonnes, and £5,000/year savings from resident’s energy bills.
A further 58 visits were carried out in early 2016 and there are more visits planned in the near future, including the rollout of a DIY draught exclusion initiative with younger families.