The Quest goes on for Cloughmills!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Power NI's Neil Coleman and Richard Duff pictured with Cloughmills Community Action Team Chairman Patrick Frew at the Old Mill in Cloughmills. Local community group Cloughmills Community Action Team have recently progressed to the third stage of Power NI's community energy saving competition, Quest. Having already progressed to the second stage, the group were required to source and complete 100 of Power NI’s online Home Energy Checks within their community and surrounding area. They are in direct competition with five other groups who are each trying to be the first to complete the 10 stages of Quest  which will result in the prize of £10,000 to be invested in renewable technology for their community.  By completing the second stage, the group have provided 100 people in their community with a personalised energy report, helping identify how they can be more energy efficient and save money in their home. The group now move quickly onto the next stage of the process, which is to source 25 homes which are eligible for the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) free insulation scheme. The package which the eligible homes receive will include loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, a hot water tank jacket and energy saving light bulbs. The scheme, open to home owners and private renters, will help 25 homes in the community and surrounding areas to benefit from warmer homes. Patrick Frew, Chairman of the group said: “We are delighted to be developing this project to the next stage as we feel it will deliver significant benefits for our community. I would continue to ask everyone in Cloughmills to continue to support our efforts to make us as a community more energy efficient.” Power NI group mentor Neil Coleman said: “It`s exciting news to see that Cloughmills Community Action Team have progressed onto the third stage of Quest. Through their hard work and enthusiasm, they are helping people in their community to become more energy efficient and are starting to make a real difference to people in their area.”