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Go Lo Offers Help to Reduce Energy Bills

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Community Interest Company Go-Lo Macclesfield has teamed up with Wirral-based charity Energy Projects Plus to deliver LEAP, a free Energy and Money Saving Service, in Cheshire East.

The LEAP scheme offers eligible local residents – owner occupiers, private rented and social housing tenants – totally free advice and support to help them to save money and keep their homes warmer.

Go-Lo’s qualified Home Energy Advisor will check your energy bills and help you switch to the cheapest available tariff, often saving as much as £280. The LEAP Advisor can access funding for home owners to replace broken boilers or towards first time central heating, as well as other energy efficiency improvements.

They will also take the opportunity to review how energy efficient your home is. As well as giving you day to day energy tips and ensuring that your heating system is set up correctly the Advisor will install, free, a range of simple energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draft excluders that can save the average household £30 a year.

A free telephone advice service is also available to help with benefits, debt and other money problems if you feel you need help.

Residents may qualify for the LEAP Service if one or the following apply: have a low income, receive tax credits, or housing or disability related benefits. or have a long-term illness or disability.

Residents interested in arranging a LEAP Advisor visit should call Energy Projects Plus on 0800 043 0151 or email advice@epplus.org.

Go Lo to Team up with LEAP

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Community Interest Company Go-Lo Macclesfield is to team up with Wirral-based charity Energy Projects Plus to deliver LEAP, a free Energy and Money Saving Service, in Cheshire East.

The LEAP scheme offers eligible local residents – owner occupiers, private rented and social housing tenants – totally free advice and support to help them to save money and keep their homes warmer.

Residents interested in arranging a LEAP Advisor visit should call Energy Projects Plus on 0800 043 0151 or email advice@epplus.org.

New site launched

go-lo-logoWith a whole new generation of energy-efficiency technologies now coming on stream, we thought it was about time we updated our window on the world.

Designed and delivered by Silk Partnership, this new website will allow us to communicate efficiently with you.

To go alongside out new web presence, the company has also had undergone a rebranding thanks to Northern Design Collective. We think our new look is a better fit to our new focus on energy storage and domestic and commercial batteries.

We are confident that our experiences as Macclesfield Heat and Power and as key and successful providers of the Government’s Green Deal scheme in the original incarnation of GoLo will stand us in good stead in this new emerging industry.

Hope you like it…

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You served us well!

Macclesfield homeowners urged not to miss out

solarcrestlogo-2Homeowners in Macclesfield and Wilmslow are being urged to take up a government initiative to improve the insulation of their homes before it’s too late, in a spin-off from the Green Deal initiative launched last year.

What should have been a flagship energy saving project that created lots of jobs is looking anything but successful, which is not good news the year before an election.

To drum up the numbers quickly the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have pumped £120 Million into a new initiative called the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which will see up to £7500 Cash Back up for grabs on a first come first served basis.

“Macclesfield and Wilmslow are well placed to benefit as we have so many solid wall properties” said Eliot Warrington of local eco-retrofit specialists Solarcrest who were the technical partner on Macclesfield’s Green Deal Pioneer Project, Go-Lo.

“Despite the enormous benefits of solid wall insulation, taking out a Green Deal loan to pay for the work has put people off, but now you don’t need the loan to qualify for the cash back. You just need to show the work has been done properly.”

A correctly insulated home could see energy bills dropping by over 50%, with some properties now showing reductions in gas usage of approaching 70%, as well as making the house more comfortable and eliminating issues such as damp and mould which can also cause ill health.

“We’ve seen some amazing results by fitting the best products and by tackling the whole house rather than individual measures” added Eliot. “With a thermal camera you can really appreciate just how much energy is being wasted by people who are paying to heat the street.”

“If your heating bill is enormous or your home felt cold last winter, don’t wait for next winter to think about fixing it. A better funding offer is unlikely to come along anytime soon and it would be a real shame to see Macclesfield and Wilmslow missing out.”

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Save Half

Ambitious energy efficiency scheme aims to cut energy bills in half

Energy bills are rarely off the agenda and with a cold winter promised it’s even more crucial that vulnerable homeowners are supported to reduce fuel costs while maintaining a basic standard of living. However, a new pilot scheme is about to be launched which brings together new initiatives to help selected homeowners make lasting energy and cost savings (of up to 50% in some cases) without the hurdle of high up-front costs.

Two time-limited funding opportunities – new grant money worth up to £5,600 from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund* launched this week by the Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change combined with an interest free or equity share loan worth up to £10,000 – will allow ‘retrofitting’  of the latest energy saving technologies to a limited number of homes in Macclesfield. People can then enjoy substantially lower fuel bills with the added benefit of living in a warmer, more comfortable and healthier home, all without up-front expense.

The means-tested loan scheme is aimed at those on low incomes, particularly those over 60 in pre-1930’s solid walled properties. By applying the most efficient technologies to the least efficient homes the pilot scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty and improve health and well-being.

“People we speak to think a layer of mineral wool in the loft and a few hundred pounds worth of cavity insulation means nothing more can be done” said Eliot Warrington of Solarcrest, the Macclesfield based eco-retrofit experts who are working with Go-Lo who pioneered the Green Deal in Macclesfield. “But there are thousands of homes in Macclesfield with insufficient or failed insulation, and very few with proper ventilation”.

“With winter on the way, inefficient homes start to feel cold and damp. Many are prone to black mould that can contribute to poor health, particularly in children and the elderly”.

Unaffordable energy bills leave many people in Cheshire having to choose between heating and eating. Switching providers can help but the best solution is to reduce the amount of energy you need to use. When the leaks are fixed the heat you put in stays in, significantly reducing the expense of constantly reheating your home.

With a number of social housing and government-funded research projects under their belt, the team have shown that with the right products, massive savings are achievable; and this project will open up the possibility of many more households benefitting from the improvements.

The pilot scheme is open to homeowners who meet a set of criteria and places are strictly limited. To register your interest please contact us.

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MP Visits Macclesfield’s Eco-Super Home

david-rutley-visit-1Three months ago the three bedroom detached house at 241, Chester Road was looking a little tired, having seen better days. It was, according to the estate agents, a development opportunity.

Today, courtesy of a grant provided to local energy efficiency specialists go-lo by Cheshire East Council with funding from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, it has been transformed into a gleaming low energy super-home and is being used to illustrate the potential of measures, many of which are available under the government’s Green Deal scheme, to radically improve the solid wall homes that are so common in the area.

“Insulating buildings like 241 is actually relatively straightforward” said Eliot Warrington, of Solarcrest Ltd, the Macclesfield-based company that carried out the work. “The solid brick walls that are a feature of the town offer little protection from the cold. So what we’ve done is to wrap the house up, seal the roof and replace uncontrolled drafts with a ventilation system that recovers the heat as it provides fresh air. It looks fantastic and will certainly be really cheap to run.”

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Additional measures in the house include a new high efficiency gas boiler, low energy LED lighting and a sun tube to brighten a dark landing.

David Rutley, who has been very supportive of go-lo’s bid to make Macclesfield a Green Deal Pioneer Town, was impressed by what he saw. “This project seems to illustrate an excellent way forward. When new houses are built much higher levels of energy efficiency are targeted so it seems logical that we should do everything we can to achieve similar benefits within the existing housing stock”.

And property owner Heather Broadbent is also pleased with the outcome “When go-lo suggested we might consider being a guinea pig for this scheme we were a little nervous but we were planning a full internal renovation anyway so it seemed to make sense,” she said.

“We’re now looking forward to seeing how much money it saves on future bills and it certainly looks and feels brilliant”, she added.

If you’re one of the many folk who live in similar properties and would like to see what might be possible go-lo will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to visit 241 and let you know more about the Green Deal and other loans and grants that might be available. Contact go-lo at info@go-lo.org.uk

Leaflet Campaign Launches

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The first leaflets from the new Go Lo Green Deal campaign have started landing on doormats across Macclesfield. (The leaflet itself can be downloaded from HERE.)

The Green Deal is intended to make it easier to finance the costs of installing energy efficiency measures to improve the comfort of homes and to reduce energy costs. With payments made through utility bills guaranteed to be lower than the saving being made, it will insulate not just the buildings but also their owners from the future impact of utility bill increases. And with energy prices set to rise, the financial benefits should become more and more apparent over time.

Go-lo, a community-based organisation and the first Green Deal energy efficiency adviser in the town will be responsible for the project in Macclesfield. The grant will be used to raise awareness of the Green Deal scheme and to convert two existing buildings into energy efficient ‘Superhomes’ to show exactly what is possible. Macclesfield’s housing stock reflects the town’s history and heritage but it falls short in many ways in its energy performance. The grant will allow go-lo to provide up to 300 free energy assessments that will illustrate the potential for energy savings and fuel bill reductions possible for residents across the Borough.

Poster Campaign Expands

Go Lo’s poster campaign which has been visible on roadside billboards across Macclesfield over the past few months, has now expanded to feature new bus-stop locations throughout both Macclesfield and Wilmslow.

Go Lo is currently working with a government grant to help raise awareness of the government’s Green Deal initiative.

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More Videos Launched

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Go Lo have launched a range of videos to help explain the Green Deal process and some of the measures which are available under the scheme. The videos tour some local properties which have already undergone the eco-retrofit process, and interview the residents about their views on their new, warm, dry, comfortable homes.

The Green Deal is intended to make it easier to finance the costs of installing energy efficiency measures to improve the comfort of homes and to reduce energy costs. With payments made through utility bills guaranteed to be lower than the saving being made, it will insulate not just the buildings but also their owners from the future impact of utility bill increases.

First Go Lo Video Goes Live

ian-cheesemanGo Lo have continued to promote the government’s Green Deal scheme with the first of a series of videos to be launched on our new YouTube channel.

This new introduction to Go Lo and the Green Deal scheme is hosted by GMR star Ian Cheeseman and gives prospective clients a first look at what to expect from the Green Deal process.

Go-lo, a community-based organisation and the first Green Deal energy efficiency adviser in the town will be responsible for the project in Macclesfield. The grant will be used to raise awareness of the Green Deal scheme and to convert two existing buildings into energy efficient ‘Superhomes’ to show exactly what is possible. Macclesfield’s housing stock reflects the town’s history and heritage but it falls short in many ways in its energy performance. The grant will allow go-lo to provide up to 300 free energy assessments that will illustrate the potential for energy savings and fuel bill reductions possible for residents across the Borough.