Energy efficient lighting project goes swimmingly at Waterside Community Trust with support from E.ON


Swimmers and staff at Ryde’s waterside pool are seeing the benefits of new LED lighting throughout the building after a £2,000 grant from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund enabled the Waterside Community Trust to replace all of its old lights.

The LED lighting project, which was completed over three days, cost a total of £6,500 of which £2,000 was donated by E.ON. The improvement work was managed by registered charity the Waterside Community Trust, which operates the pool.

The trust is dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing and fitness of residents and visitors by providing affordable and accessible swimming. After preventing its closure in 2011, the pool’s trustees and staff have looked for ways to reduce its ongoing costs. With new energy efficient lighting now in place throughout the poolside, changing rooms, office areas and reception, energy and maintenance costs at the pool are expected to fall.

Todd Miller, General Manager at the pool, said: “We get hundreds of people coming through our doors to use the facilities here each day, and we’re keen to ensure that the pool can be maintained for the benefit of all. We’d raised £4,500 ourselves towards the cost of the replacement lighting, but receiving the £2,000 grant from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund meant we could go ahead and do all of the work.”


Suzanne Roe, E.ON’s Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations Manager, said: “Since E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund was launched in 2013 we’ve given away more than £185,000 to over 100 community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales. This figure includes £2,000 donated last year to Community Action Isle of Wight to fund heating improvements at the Riverside Community Centre in Newport.

“We’re delighted to be once again donating funds to an Isle of Wight community. The Waterside Community Trust’s plans to boost the energy efficiency of its lighting, thereby reducing its carbon footprint, energy use and bills and maintenance costs were exactly the kind of activity the E.ON Energising Communities Fund was intended to support.”

The E.ON Energising Communities Fund is one of the ways E.ON is supporting community groups, schools and charities to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills. Visit to find out more about E.ON’s solutions for households and businesses.

To help people better understand their energy use, E.ON is installing smart meters for customers across Britain. Customers can visit 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.


Notes to editors

Photo shows Jeannie Hunnybun and Dominique Singleton of the waterfront pool.

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