Ogwen residents swap and save thanks to grant from E.ON

  • E.ON Energising Communities Fund now open for new applicants to apply for funding of up to £2,000 each

Residents and community groups in Ogwen Valley in Bangor are benefitting from free LED light bulbs thanks to a £500 grant from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund.

Local community group Ynni Ogwen, which aims to support and develop a healthy, thriving and sustainable community, received the funding to set up the ‘LED Light Swapping Project’, offering local residents free LED light bulbs in exchange for old tungsten bulbs. The project also offers residents who visit the centre to exchange their bulbs a free energy tariff check to help ensure they’re not paying more than they need to on energy this winter.

The community group hopes the project will encourage local residents to think about energy efficiency in their homes more and aims to combat some common misconceptions associated with LED lighting around costs and the savings they can bring.

As part of the project, Ynni Ogwen also offers community centres across the local area personalised energy audits to provide them with recommendations on the improvements they can make and the actions they can take to improve their energy efficiency. This includes the offer of free LED lighting and low energy light bulbs to enable the centres to begin their energy efficiency journeys.

Beca Roberts from Ynni Ogwen, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded the £500 from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund, meaning we can now begin to roll out our LED Light Swapping Project.

“Our main aim with the project is to engage the wider community in how to lower their energy use and educate them about how we can all become more energy efficient at home. We know that many of our local residents struggle to afford their energy bills and so projects like this are vital to ensure our community continues to receive the support it needs.

“Our community centres are a hub for the local community and by offering them support to improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs we hope they can continue to operate as centres and cut running costs.”

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said: “We’re really pleased to award Ynni Ogwen funding through our Energising Communities Fund. It’s great that the community group is proactively engaging the wider community to think about energy efficiency and encouraging residents to visit the centre to find out more about how they can save energy.

“The fund was originally launched to benefit the whole community and so it’s great to see that through this project the community centres will be able to access the energy audits and free LED lighting, which in turn will benefit the whole community who use the centres.”

E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund was launched in 2013 and since then E.ON has given away almost £140,000 to 84 community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales through the fund.

E.ON Energising Communities Fund now open for new applicants to apply

The next round of E.ON’s Energising Communities fund is open for applications and charities and community groups are invited to apply for up to £2,000. To be eligible for funding organisations must submit a request which supports activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency advice for local people.

Applicants are encouraged to get their funding requests in now, ahead of the application deadline of Monday 29th January 2018. Groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 which may cover the full or partial cost of energy-related improvements and activities.

For full Terms and Conditions for the E.ON Energising Communities Fund and to access the application form, please visit eonenergy.com/community  

The E.ON Energising Communities Fund is one of the ways E.ON is supporting homeowners, residents and the wider community to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills. To find out more about how E.ON could support, visit eonenergy.com

To help people better understand their energy use and where saving can be made, E.ON is installing smart meters for customers across Britain. Customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they are able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.

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For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Cardiff pupils go bananas for energy during E.ON’s Creative Conductors workshops

Pupils at primary schools across Cardiff have made sweet music during interactive workshops which saw them use anything from bananas to plasticine and high-fives to make circuits that enabled them to create instruments and play music via their computers.

The innovative ‘Creative Conductors’ workshops are designed to help improve pupils’ understanding of electricity, conduction and circuits, and conclude with students performing their musical creations for their classmates.

During the workshops, pupils rolled up their sleeves and experimented with a range of foods, plants and everyday objects which they clipped to circuit boards in order to demonstrate how the items could help conduct electricity.

Billie-Jean Poole, who works in E.ON’s Community Relations team said: “We’re really pleased to bring the Creative Conductor tour to Cardiff. The workshops allow the children to discover for themselves the amazing conducting properties of everyday items and to learn how to complete a circuit and then use that power to create different sounds and ultimately make music.

“We hope that through engaging with the local community and bringing our energy education workshops to local schools in Cardiff we can continue to develop a strong relationships and offer more support to our local communities.”

Carol Fry, Year 3 Teacher at Lansdowne Primary School in Canton, said: “The children always respond well to external visitors, and this was something new for them to get involved with. They enjoyed the hands-on, practical approach as they investigated electrical circuits and powered a mix of sounds.”

Creative Conductors forms part of E.ON’s broader educational activities, developed to help teach children about where energy comes from and how it is used in our everyday lives.

E.ON offers educational workshops through its Energise Anything programme, which also includes online parent-led as well as classroom-based activities. These support the national curriculum and have been designed to help pupils aged 5-16 understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption. Full details and resources can be found at eonenergy.com/energiseanything.

E.ON customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they are able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.

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Notes to editors:

Cardiff primary schools taking part in a Creative Conductors workshop were: Lansdowne Primary School, Grangetown Primary School, Pentrebane Primary, Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School, St John Lloyd RC Primary School, Glyncoed Primary School, Llanedeyrn Primary School, Allensbank Primary School, Stacey Primary School and Mount Stuart Primary School.

For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180 523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Hiber-nation: Winter leaves a quarter of Brits feeling like they just want to stay at home

With the winter solstice taking place a week today, new research from E.ON1 reveals that a quarter (26%) of Brits don’t want to leave the house during winter.

Many people report suffering from the winter blues with one in five (18%) saying winter makes them feel tired and one in seven (14%) feeling down time of year. Just one in ten (9%) actually feel happier in winter than they do in summer and just 8% wish it was winter all year round.

According to respondents, the worst things about winter are the cold/wet weather (63%), getting colds and flu (55%), and shorter days and longer nights (54%).

But the good news is that we’re quite easy to cheer up with most people listing cosy nights in as their favourite way to lift the winter gloom (60%), followed by a warming cup of tea or coffee (51%) and eating comfort food (50%). More than a third of us enjoy seeing friends and family during winter (35%) and winter classics such as log fires (34%) and snow (34%) also ranked high among things we like most about winter.

With almost everyone (98%) saying they want to feel cosy this winter, E.ON is sharing tips to help make homes feel comfy and warm this winter.

E.ON’s Winter Tips:

·Keep the warmth: Homes can lose a third of their heat through uninsulated walls2 and up to a quarter through the roof3 so insulation is key to keeping your home cosy and lowering winter energy bills. For a limited time, E.ON is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to households, regardless of their energy supplier4, which could save a typical family £2855 a year.

·Mind the gap: Also, make sure you plug any gaps in windows, doors, pipework, loft hatches, and ceiling-to-wall joints as this can save you up to £25 a year 6.

·Watch your water: Heating water accounts for up to 15% of an average energy bill for a gas-heated household7, so if you have a hot water tank lower the temperature to 60oC to save energy and money. In addition, fitting an insulating jacket to your hot water tank could cut your gas bill by 5% 8.

·Light up dark nights: You could save up to £6 a year by replacing traditional bulbs with LED bulbs of the same brightness9, and make sure you fit them in the rooms that you use the most to maximise your savings.

·See and save for free: Use free tools like E.ON See to keep track of your energy use and see where savings can be made through personalised advice and tips. You can also ask your energy supplier about installing a smart meter to ensure you can effectively monitor your energy use. E.ON customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for information about smart meters and to see if they’re able to get one installed. If eligible, they can also book an appointment online.

·Get smart about heating: Investing in smart heating solutions like our tadoo Smart Thermostat will help you control your home temperature whether you’re at home or away through your mobile phone. With most people (71%) finding it difficult to get out of bed on chilly winter mornings, smart thermostats can also help you pop the heating on from under your duvet!

·Think about your tariff: Make sure you’re on the right tariff for you to ensure you’re not spending more than you need to this winter.

And with the research showing that 60% of us feel happier in summer than winter and nearly a quarter (23%) saying that planning a summer holiday trip cheers us up during winter, E.ON is offering customers the chance to win one of two £5,000 summer holidays this winter. For more details on how to enter the competition and the terms and conditions please visit https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/winter-warmers.

To find out more about E.ON’s winter tips and smarter customer solutions, visit eonenergy.com.

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Notes to editors

  1. Based on research conducted by OnePoll in October 2017 among 2,000 British adults.

  2. Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall

  3. Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft

  4. About the offer:

    Offer subject to applicants agreeing to eligibility check – this information is needed to help manage the scheme and applicants’ data and will not affect whether they are eligible for the measures described in the offer. The scheme is administered by E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited which reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

    E.ON will provide notice to customers on eoninstall.com if offer is withdrawn or amended. If applicants have a survey booked in during the offer window the offer will be honoured. This offer is available in mainland Great Britain and excludes housing association or council tenants, flats and maisonettes. All applications are subject to a home survey by the appointed installer (or company acting on their behalf). Full Terms and Conditions will be set out in the contract with the appointed installer.

    Cavity wall Insulation: Cavity wall insulation will only be installed on properties with unfilled cavity walls. No costs will be incurred unless stipulated at or during home survey/risk assessment of property. E.ON shall supply a quotation detailing additional costs prior to acceptance and instruction by the contractor prior to commencement of works.

    Loft insulation: Loft insulation will only be installed in conjunction with a cavity wall being filled and only where there is either less than or equal to 100mm pre-existing insulation (full loft). Lofts will be insulated to a total thickness of 270mm. Loft insulation will not be undertaken unless there is sufficient ventilation to allow air movement both before and after the work.

  5. Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall and energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft. Figures based on semi-detached gas heated home and are based on fuel prices as of April 2017.

  6. £25 figure source: Energy Saving Trust

  7. 15% figure source: Energy Saving Trust

  8. Source: https://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/hot-water/#step6

  9. £3-£6 figure source: Energy Saving Trust

     

For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Fiona MacGregor on 07976 374 161 or fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

Jag Bickham on 02476 181 308 or jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Rugby club in Workington receives lighting upgrade thanks to grant from E.ON

The Seaton Rangers ARLFC in Seaton, Workington is celebrating after receiving a grant of £300 from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund to help with the cost of fitting new energy-efficient lighting in its clubhouse.

The rugby club has been dedicated to increasing its energy efficiency and hopes that the new LED light fittings, installed in the bar and lounge area, will deliver significant savings on its energy costs.

Geoff Lamb, Club Secretary at Seaton Rangers ARLFC said: “Having been an E.ON customer for many years we’re over the moon to have received a £300 grant from E.ON to help us switch to more energy-efficient LED light fittings. The clubhouse has small windows for security reasons, which means we constantly have to have the lights on so we’ve wanted to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting for a while to help reduce our energy consumption and cost.

“Having good local amenities is essential to a village like Seaton as public transport to and from the closest town stops at 7pm. As a result we expect that our local community will also benefit from our new energy-efficient lighting. The improved lighting will allow them to take full advantage of our licensed bar and lounge area and provide a great place for socialising in the village.”

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said: “Seaton Rangers ARLFC is a fantastic beneficiary of E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund and we’re happy to be able to help them become more energy-efficient.

“Installing the energy-efficient LED light fittings will not only increase the energy-efficiency of the club but it will also allow them to dedicate more money to their teams and the general maintenance of the facilities.

“It’s also great to see that the Club are not only committed to providing a high-quality service to their members and teams but also to offering excellent facilities for the wider community to use.”

E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund was launched in 2013 and since then E.ON has given away almost £140,000 to 84 community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales through the fund.

To read more about E.ON’s community activities visit eonenergy.com/About-eon/Community.

E.ON is installing smart meters for customers across Britain to help them better understand their energy use. Customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they are able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.

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For more information contact:

Fiona MacGregor, 07976374161, fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Pupils learn about the power of advertising with help from E.ON

Pupils from ten schools across the UK have had the opportunity to learn about how to create a fun and engaging advert as part of a workshop organised by E.ON.

The pupils, aged 9-11 spent the workshop learning all about what makes a successful television advert and understanding how to produce a unique advert, before being given the chance to write and record their very own energy-related advert using specialist filming equipment to enter into E.ON’s nationwide ‘Get Smart’ competition.

During the workshop the youngsters were encouraged to think about the topic of energy and how new technology such as smart meters can bring benefits to consumers and help them use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

The workshops have been organised as part of E.ON’s nationwide ‘Get Smart!’ competition, launched in conjunction with Collaborate Digital.

The nationwide competition encourages primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way by asking them to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about the new technology.

The winning entries will feature on E.ON's social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube, and may be used as part of E.ON’s future communications activities around smart metering.

Billie-Jean Poole, Senior Community Relations Executive at E.ON, said: “Our workshops offer an exciting, unique experience for pupils to really understand how to create a winning film by learning from people who have experience of working in the industry, whilst at the same time developing an understanding of key energy topics.

“Through our media workshops we hope to inspire pupils about STEM subjects and hope that by taking part in the fun and exciting sessions, they’ll learn about how important these subjects could be to their future career prospects.”

Deborah Bunn, Head Teacher at Walkeringham Primary School, one of the schools taking part in the workshop, said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the workshop and there was a real buzz of excitement in the classroom during the session.

“Not only did the pupils learn all about creating a winning television advert, they came away with an understanding of energy and how smart meter technology plays a key role in the future of our energy needs.”

Mark Matthews, Director at Collaborate Digital, said: “It’s been great working with E.ON to deliver these workshops in the schools and to engage the primary school pupils with the subject of energy in a fun, hands-on way.

“The pupils really enjoyed creating their own unique film about the smart meters and the benefits they bring and then being able to actually use the filming equipment to bring their scripts to life was a great experience for them.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the final films and other entries as part of the competition.”

Pupils can either enter the competition themselves or teachers can enter on behalf of their school as follows:

  • Individual entries: Pupils and parents should visit collaboratedigital.com to register to enter the competition. Once registered they will gain access to all the relevant resources and information, including a full brief, terms and conditions and guidance of how to enter.

  • School entries: Interested teachers should visit collaboratedigital.com to register or call 0151 924 1189 for more information and for full Terms and Conditions.

  • The films can be recorded using any mobile device, a tablet or a computer and should be submitted at collaboratedigital.com.

The competition is free to enter and the closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 12th December 2017.

E.ON has created some helpful videos to provide further information about the competition and how to enter. Click here for Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) and here for Key Stage 3 (11-14 years).

‘Get Smart!’ forms part of E.ON’s broader activities aimed at inspiring young people to get involved in STEM and to consider STEM subjects as possible career options. E.ON offers a range of educational workshops through its Energise Anything programme, which also includes online parent and classroom based activities. The activities support the national curriculum and have been designed to help pupils aged 5-16 understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption. Full details and resources can be found at eon-uk.com/energiseanything.

E.ON was one of the first suppliers to start installing smart meters for its customers and so far has installed around a million smart meters in customers’ properties. For more information on E.ON’s smart meter installation programme please visit the website at eonenergy.com/smart.

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Notes to editor

Schools who took part in the workshops are:

Clarborough Primary School in Retford, Walkeringham Primary School in Doncaster, Richard Bonnington Primary School in Arnold, Killisick Primary School in Arnold, Shirestone Primary School in Birmingham, Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Birmingham, Ark Tindal Primary School in Birmingham, St Mary's C of E Primary School in Wigston, St Michael & All Angels Church of England Primary School in Brookside Rearsby and Buckminster Primary in Grantham.

For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

E.ON launches fixed two year smart thermostat tariff

After joining forces with tadoo, the European market leader in intelligent home climate control solutions, last month, E.ON has today (WED) launched a two year fixed tariff with a tadoo Smart Thermostat fully installed.

E.ON Fixed 2 Year tadoo is priced at £1,223 a year based on national average dual fuel consumption(1) and comes with a tadoo Smart Thermostat, worth £249 when fully installed. The tadoo Smart Thermostat offers people a smarter way to heat their homes with the use of a state-of-the-art smart thermostat. The tariff is available to dual fuel customers only at eonenergy.com/for-your-home/products-and-services.

With heating accounting for around 60%(2) of a typical household’s energy use, the tado° Smart Thermostat offers a number of advanced benefits to help people manage their heating more efficiently, save money on their energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. It also helps people control their heating and hot water, whether they’re at home or away.

Chris Lovatt, Managing Director of E.ON’s Residential business, said: “We’re committed to offering smarter, innovative solutions and by working with tadoo, this tariff not only offers customers technology to help them manage their heating and hot water more conveniently whether they’re at home or not, helping them save energy and money, but also provides peace of mind that their prices will be fixed for 24 months.”

The tado° Smart Thermostat uses and learns from information such as a home’s layout, heat capacity and even the local weather to maintain a warm and energy efficient home. It includes a geo-fencing feature linked to mobile phones, which ensures that the heating is automatically turned down when the last person leaves home and that it is already comfortably warm when the first person is returning.

In addition, the tado° Smart Thermostat provides a monthly Energy Savings Report outlining the percentage of energy saved when compared to the previous month’s usage. The report also details the savings provided by individual features, such as the number of times an open window was detected or the number of hours recorded when users were away from home.

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Notes to editors

  1. Based on average consumption across all regions at 12,000 kWh for gas and 3,100 kWh for unrestricted electricity, when taking paperless bills.

  2. Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/boiler-replacement.

For more information at E.ON contact:

Victoria Blake 02476 181304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

Major milestone reached as first power is generated at Rampion

This week marks the first generation of power at Rampion as the first turbine was brought online.

Work began offshore in autumn 2015 to prepare the seabed for the turbine foundations, the first of which was installed in early 2016, with all 116 completed by November 2016. Turbine installation began in March 2017 and was completed ahead of schedule in just over six months in September.

Matthew Swanwick, Project Director for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm said: “We’re especially proud to have reached this milestone as the first power is generated at Rampion. Over the last two years the construction team has worked tirelessly in all weather conditions to complete this remarkable engineering feat.

“Over the coming weeks and months the turbines will one-by-one begin to be turned on and generate power as they are brought online. This process will take us into 2018 to complete.”

Earlier this month the project announced a £4 million Community Fund with the largest element, the £3.1 million Rampion Fund, earmarked for community projects. This fund is being managed by Sussex Community Foundation who are already experiencing a high level of local interest.

The 400MW project being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, will, when complete provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes (1) a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018.

More details about the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm including key facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found at rampionoffshore.com.

For more information about the Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation please visit sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion.

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Notes to editors

1= Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,938 kWh (BEIS).

For more information contact:

Victoria Blake 02476 181304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

Million meter milestone: E.ON installs one million self-reading smart meters for its customers

  • E.ON UK CEO says: “Smart meters bring energy supply into the modern age and represent an investment in thousands of skilled jobs.”

     

As part of its commitment to offering smarter solutions for its customers and to rolling out smart meters to all of its customers, E.ON has announced it has installed one million self-reading smart meters in properties across Britain.

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: “Self-reading smart meters are a fantastic step forward and this is a hugely important milestone for E.ON and our customers. Tomorrow is all about helping customers engage and we’re already delivering changes to make this a reality. From our plans to scrap the Standard Variable Tariff and introduce innovative new tariffs right through to our efforts to provide customers with the smart meters which give them the information they need to take control of how and where they use energy, helping them to lower their energy use and the amount they spend, customers can see and feel that we’re on it.

“We’re also really proud that as well as an investment that will help our customers, our smart meter programme is also providing skills jobs to thousands. We currently have more than 1,300 expert technicians installing smart meters in our customers’ properties with another 600 Smart Meter Technician and support positions available next year.”

Smart meters are being introduced as part of a government-led upgrade of the nation’s energy infrastructure and will help make estimated energy bills and the need to submit meter readings a thing of the past.

With the help of a ‘smart in-home display’, customers with smart meters can gain much greater visibility of how much energy they’re using in their homes and how much it’s costing them in near-real time. They can also set budgets and alerts so they know if they’re spending more on energy than they’ve budgeted for.

  • Customers should visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they’re able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.

  • In 2017, E.ON has recruited around 500 Smart Meter Technicians. In 2018, there will be 500 similar roles available as well as additional support positions including Field Team Leaders, Technical Specialists, Field Service Managers and Auditor roles. Further information about the roles will be made available later this year at eon-uk-careers.com.

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For more information or images please contact:

Jag Bickham on 02476 181 308 or jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Kaitlin Ellis on 07989 152 777 or kaitlin.ellis@eon-uk.com

Fiona MacGregor on 07976 374 161 or fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

E.ON teams up with Warm Wales to offer £300 off a new gas central heating system

E.ON has teamed up with community interest company Warm Wales to offer homeowners up to £300 off the cost of a newly installed full gas central heating system when they connect to the main gas network through Wales and West Utilities Ltd1.

The offer is available to all homeowners across Wales and South West England who chose to switch to a gas central heating system and is available regardless of whether their energy is supplied by E.ON2.

Customers already supplied by E.ON are eligible to an additional £100 off the cost, meaning they could benefit from up to £400 off the cost of a newly installed gas central heating system3.

The offer gives people more choice when it comes to upgrading to a gas central heating system and is one of the ways E.ON is ensuring homeowners have the support they need to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills.

In addition to the discount, homeowners can also benefit from E.ON’s interest free finance offer for new full central heating system. Homeowners are able to spread the cost with an interest free loan and a choice of payment terms over two, three or four years to suit their personal circumstances4. E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited acts as the credit broker and not the lender5.

To further support homeowners to become energy efficient, for a limited time households across Britain can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed for free by E.ON, regardless of whether E.ON is their energy supplier6.

The cavity wall and loft insulation, which would usually cost around £7757, is being offered for free to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission and could save a typical family up to £2858 a year on their heating bills.

Nigel Dewbery, Head of Energy Efficiency at E.ON, said: “We understand that many households struggle to find the available finances to consider upgrading their homes to become more energy efficient but they don’t realise that relying on other forms of heating such as storage heaters can be inefficient and costly.

“E.ON offers a range of solutions to support homeowners, particularly those who are struggling with their energy costs. Through working with Warm Wales to offer the discounts for the central heating system alongside E.ON’s finance offer we hope we can encourage more homeowners to consider upgrading their properties and ensure they can reduce energy costs and become more energy efficient.”

Jonathan Cosson, Projects Director at Warm Wales, said: “Warm Wales was established to support those struggling with their energy costs and provides funding options for energy efficiency improvements in homes.

“For many homes, a switch to a gas central heating system can improve the energy efficiency of the home and reduce energy bills significantly. Most of the time it is only people receiving certain benefits who can take advantage of the funding, but working with E.ON we are able to offer discounts to all homeowners and we hope this will encourage them to consider this as a viable option for their homes.”

E.ON customers may also be eligible for a smart meter to ensure they can accurately manage their energy use. Customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for information about E.ON’s smart meters, to see if they’re able to get one installed and to book an appointment online.

To find out more about the offer:

  • Homeowners based in Wales should contact Warm Wales by calling 01656 747 622 or visit warmwales.org.uk

  • Homeowners based in the south west should contact Integrated Energy Services by calling 01656 747 623 or visit ieservices.org.uk9  

To find out more about E.ON’s boiler and free insulation offers visit eoninstall.com  

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Notes to editors

  1. Wales and West Utilities Ltd provide new gas connections services to the whole of Wales and the south west of England. Depending on customer circumstances some customers on low income may be eligible for free gas connection. Customers may qualify for full or part payment towards the cost of connecting their home to the gas supply if they meet any one of the following criteria:

    1. You receive key qualifying benefits

    2. You spend 10% or more of your household income to heat your home (if you live in Wales) or have high heating costs and a low income (if you live in England). The Government sets these definitions.

    3. You live in an area designated for support by the energy regulator.

  2. The £300 off offer applies to a new full gas central heating installation from E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited and is subject to survey. Although this promotion may be withdrawn at any time, once the customer has a survey booked this offer will be honoured for 30 days following from the date of their completed no obligation quotation.

  3. The additional £100 offer applies to customers currently supplied by E.ON applying to get a full Gas central heating installed from E.ON Energy Installation Services. The total value of this offer for E.ON customers is £400 and is subject to survey. Although this promotion may be withdrawn at any time, once the customer has a survey booked this offer will be honoured for 30 days following from the date of their full no obligation quotation.

  4. Credit is subject to application and status and you must be a UK resident aged 18 or over to apply. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more about our finance options at https://eoninstall.com/waystopay/

  5. E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its credit broking services under firm number 750410 on the financial services register. We act as a credit broker and not a lender meaning we can introduce you to our chosen finance lender, Barclays Partner Finance who act as the lender. Barclays Partner Finance is a trading name of Clydesdale Financial Services Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC. Clydesdale Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 311753) Registered in England. Registered No 2901725. Registered office: 1 Churchill Place, London. E14 5HP

  6. About the offer:

  • Offer subject to applicants agreeing to eligibility check – this information is needed to help manage the scheme and applicants’ data and will not affect whether they are eligible for the measures described in the offer.

  • The scheme is administered by E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited which reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

  • E.ON will provide notice to customers on eoninstall.com if offer is withdrawn or amended.

  • If applicants have a survey booked in during the offer window the offer will be honoured.

  • This offer is available in mainland Great Britain and excludes housing association or council tenants, flats and maisonettes.

  • All applications are subject to a home survey by the appointed installer (or company acting on their behalf).

  • Full Terms and Conditions will be set out in the contract with the appointed installer.

  • Cavity Wall Insulation- Cavity wall insulation will only be installed on properties with unfilled cavity walls. No costs will be incurred unless stipulated at or during home survey/ risk assessment of property. E.ON shall supply a quotation detailing additional costs prior to acceptance and instruction by the contractor prior to commencement of works.

  • Loft insulation will only be installed in conjunction with a cavity wall being filled and only where there is either less than or equal to 100mm pre-existing insulation (full loft). Lofts will be insulated to a total thickness of 270mm. Loft insulation will not be undertaken unless there is sufficient ventilation to allow air movement both before and after the work.
  1. Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall and http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft. Figures based on semi-detached gas heated home are based on fuel prices as of April 2017.
  2. Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall and http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft. Figures based on semi-detached gas heated home and are based on fuel prices as of April 2017.

  3. Integrated Energy Services is a brand name used by Warm Wales when operating in the South West of England.

For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Andrew Barrow, 02476 183677, Andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com

Is it summer yet? Majority of Brits spend winter wishing for summer

  • New research reveals that 60% of Brits wish it was summer all year round

  • Brits would give up mobile phones, takeaways and chocolate to have a longer summer

  • The top pick-me up in winter is a cosy night in, and the thing Brits miss most is having a drink outside in the evening

  • E.ON and Love Island’s Gabby Allen team up this winter to bring a ‘Shot Of Summer’ to London with a three-day pop-up event and share tips on how to winter-proof your life and home

As winter sets in, new research from E.ON1 reveals that more than a fifth (21%) of Brits would be willing to give up their mobile phones for a longer summer. With cosy nights in listed as the biggest pick-me-up over the winter period, E.ON has partnered with Love Island 2017 finalist, Gabby Allen, to share advice on how to get a shot of summer this winter.

Most (60%) Brits reveal they feel happier in summer than in winter so it’s no surprise that almost a third of us would give up takeaways (29%), a quarter would give up chocolate (25%) and one in seven (14%) would pay money to have a longer summertime. Being outside is what we miss most about summer with almost half (49%) of us missing having a drink outdoors in the evening, closely followed by going to the park or a beach (40%) and having BBQs and picnics (37%).

The worst things cited about winter are the weather (63%), getting colds (55%), shorter days (54%) and commuting in the dark (42%). Sadly we can’t stop winter from coming which is why E.ON has partnered with Gabby Allen to share advice on how to winter-proof your life and home. Gabby says: “I just love summer – nothing cheers me up like a sunny day. When it comes to beating the winter blues, I really make an effort to adapt my favourite summer activities for the colder months, and also try to make my home as cosy as possible.”

This winter, E.ON is inviting the public to attend its ‘Shot of Summer’ event in London – a warm bright bubble where you can relax, have fun and even have a chance to see Gabby. People can also visit E.ON to find out more about E.ON’s advice and solutions to help make homes cosier this winter.

Gabby Allen’s tips for bringing a shot of summer to winter:

  • Let’s get physical. Seven in ten (72%) of us find it difficult to get out of bed on winter mornings, which makes it harder to hit the gym. My solution is to bring the gym to you. There are so many work-outs you can do in the comfort of your own home – like squats, lunges and ab work-outs. Get the endorphin buzz you need in winter and get summer ready at the same time, win-win!

  • Summer soundtrack all year round. Personally, some songs just scream summer and I can’t help dancing along to them. When I’m out and about, I pop my headphones in and listen to the top hits from summer – it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

  • Keep cosy with a twist. 85% of us want to keep cosy in winter, and half of us want comfort food. I like to combine the two – but with a summery twist. Why not invite some friends over, cook up a big bowl of paella, and re-live those summery Spanish nights. Even better with sangria.

  • Going green. Many of us prefer to spend time indoors in winter so why not bring the outside in with a few summery plants. Flowers always add a bit of cheer, and I love mini cacti because they’re low maintenance. To top it off, I always have mint at home because it gives off such a summery smell.

  • Get beachy. Jetting off for some summer sun isn’t always possible, but you can keep that beachy look. For girls, salt-spray is a must for that beachy hair, and I use a winter bronzer so I’m always looking sun kissed. For guys, get some hair styling wax for that surfer look.

     

Top tips for winter-proofing your home by Mike Feely, Energy Efficiency Expert at E.ON:

  • Did you know that getting proper insulation could save you up to £285 a year in lost heat? E.ON is currently offering free cavity wall and loft insulation regardless of your current energy supplier2.

  • Ask your energy supplier about installing a smart meter to ensure you can effectively monitor your energy use. E.ON customers should visit eonenergy.com/smart for information about smart meters and to see if they’re able to get one installed. If eligible, they can also book an appointment online.

  • Installing a smart thermostat, such as tadoo from E.ON, can help you control the temperature at home with your phone, saving energy while you’re out and getting your home cosy for when you return.

  • You could also save up to £210 off your annual energy bill3 by replacing an inefficient boiler. E.ON has a replacement boiler offer where you can get interest free finance for up to four years.

  • Check you’re on the right tariff for you – from fixed to green tariffs, there are lots of options. You can also use free online tools like E.ON See to help you see how much energy you’re using.

  • Finally, why not explore new technology solutions like solar and battery technology. With E.ON Solar and Storage you can just type in your postcode to see your savings and cost.

E.ON’s ‘Shot of Summer’ event is open from 7am–7pm in Finsbury Avenue Square, next to Liverpool Street Station in London, from Wednesday 22nd- Friday 24th November. To find out more about E.ON’s winter tips and smarter customer solutions, visit eonenergy.com.

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Notes to editors

  1. Based on research conducted by OnePoll in October 2017 among 2,000 British adults.

  2. Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall

  3. Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/boiler-replacement

For more information contact:

Jag Bickham on 02476 181 308 or jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Kaitlin Ellis on 07989 152 777 or kaitlin.ellis@eon-uk.com

Fiona MacGregor on 07976 374 161 or fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com