OVO has launched a community-centric energy efficiency pilot scheme in collaboration with Plunkett Foundation.
Targeting ten shops spanning from Kent to Cumbria, the initiative aims to equip community members with the tools and knowledge necessary to enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs.
OVO’s Energy Experts will offer energy-saving insights to ten shopkeepers, who will, in turn, share this valuable information with their communities.
As part of the scheme, free radiator keys will be distributed, enabling individuals to implement OVO’s tips and potentially save over £155 on their annual energy bills.
Community members will be able to borrow the keys from participating shops.
Alongside this, participants will receive guidance on various energy efficiency measures, including bleeding radiators – an action desired by 40% of Brits, despite 19% admitting they don’t know how to do it.
Research conducted by OVO indicates that a significant portion of the UK population sees their local corner shop as a crucial community hub, with 74% considering it a pillar of their community.