Neighbours in two Stoke-on-Trent streets have been set an energy saving challenge by Staffordshire Housing Association.
Armed with energy saving devices, the families in Ruskin Close and Shenton Street, Longton, are competing to see who saves the most energy.
Staffordshire Housing Association has challenged the residents to go green for three months and has provided gadgets such as energy meters, and stand by buster plugs to help them.
The family which proves to be the best energy savers will get £600 to spend on an A-rated energy saving appliance.
Lorna Proctor of Ruskin Close said: “It is a great idea and even if we don’t win the main prize we should all save money.
“The children like their Playstations and televisions so we probably haven’t got much chance, but it should remind us not to leave the TV on stand by and to switch the lights off. I will be interested to see just how much can be saved.”
Emma Roberts, Regeneration Programme Manager at Staffordshire Housing Association, said: “We think this is a fun way to promote energy awareness which should also help to promote community spirit as residents challenge each other to do their bit.
“There is also a serious message behind the fun in that as a social landlord we are always exploring new ways of getting value for money and paying for energy is a big part of our tenants’ household budgets.
“Gadgets used in the challenge will be rolled out for use by our tenants if they prove to be successful and simple to use.”
For media enquiries contact Sandra Barber at Staffordshire Housing Association on 01782 744533.
Notes to Editors:
Staffordshire Housing Group is committed to building a better future for local communities. The group’s parent organisation, Staffordshire Housing Association, has around 3,000 homes for rent and sale, including three older people’s villages, and offers a range of tenant services. Revival Home Improvement Agency works with older and vulnerable home owners to help them stay warm, secure and independent in well-maintained homes. Blue Mountain Housing Association works closely with refugees to provide essential support and help with access to healthcare, education, training and employment. Since April 2012, Hanley-based charity Arch has been part of the group. Arch provides accommodation and support services to people in need, including survivors of domestic violence, ex-offenders and young people leaving care.