bigraceIf you are a community or residents’ group and you are interested in reducing your energy consumption, consider joining the Big Energy Race running from January to end of March 2015!

The Big Energy Race will support you to become ‘energy fit’ and start using your energy efficiently.

What is the Big Energy Race?

The Big Energy Race is a nationwide initiative, designed to help community groups and individuals across the UK to manage and reduce their energy consumption and understand their energy use.

The Big Energy Race can be a fun and engaging way to help community groups and households within The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to get ‘energy fit’ and save energy in their homes and local areas, and also a chance to win energy-saving prizes including appliances.

How does it work?

It is simple. All you will have to do is follow the next steps:

  1. Register

If you are interested to get involved, first thing you will have to do is sign up your community group as a ‘team’. You will be competing with other community groups from London and regions across England, Scotland and Wales in a race to accumulate points by promoting energy efficiency in the community.

Visit www.bigenergyrace.org to register your interest and receive further information.

The race was officially launched on the 12th of January 2015 by the environmental charity Global Action Plan and it will run until March, so any interested community groups and individuals from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are advised to sign up NOW!

  1. Get your team members signed up!

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive your race pack by email and post, with ideas for recruiting as many people as possible and encouraging them to sign up as your ‘team members’. You can invite friends, family, neighbours and local residents to sign up as team members in support of your team. Each new team member will earn you more points.

  1. Choose your energy saving challenges

Together with your team, you will have to undertake household energy saving challenges to earn points such as tracking meter readings, turning down boiler thermostats, turning off appliances, handing out helpful energy saving information packs or visiting elderly neighbours who need help to make their house warmer.

The challenges are grouped into five topics: four relating to energy saving at home and one with suggestions of what your group can do in the local community.

The Climate Change team will be providing all the guidance needed throughout the race and is committed to support/assist any team across the borough to complete their energy challenges.

Your main point of contact and race marshal will be Anca Giurgiu – Environmental Projects Officer (email: anca.giurgiu@rbkc.gov.uk and mobile: 07739 315 209).

  1. Points and prizes

The sooner you register and the more challenges your team members complete, the more points you and your team will earn and the better chances you will have of winning a prize (and maybe even the race).

There are lots of weekly prizes to be won, which will be awarded to each Region of the Week, Team of the Week and Team Member of the Week during the Race. In addition, one team crowned the Big Energy Race Champions at the end will win the main prize of cash towards a community energy initiative/energy saving activity in their area.

Who can take part in the Big Energy Race?

Any community or residents group within The Royal Borough, if any of the following apply:

  • Your group aims to help people in your local area
  • You want to help local people save on their energy bills
  • You want some ideas for activities to do in Spring 2015
  • You have some ideas for a local community energy project
  • You are planning events/activities in Spring 2015 where you could slot in additional element

 *The Big Energy Race is an initiative designed by environmental charity Global Action Plan and is delivered in collaboration with the Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau and Energy UK. It is supported by major energy providers, including Npower, British Gas, EDF Energy and Green Energy.

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