The Big Energy Race* is a national initiative to help community groups and individuals to take control of their bills and reduce how much they are spending on energy. The Race will see numerous community groups from regions across England, Scotland and Wales register to take part by January 2015. Big Energy Race will engage 25,000 households and ultimately reach over one million people.
Community groups across the country sign up as ‘teams’, and compete with other groups around the UK in a race to accumulate points by promoting energy efficiency in the community. A ‘team’ will encourage individuals to sign up as ‘team members’ and undertake household energy challenges, such as tracking their meter readings, turning down boiler thermostats or turning off applicances. The more team members each community group recruits and the more challenges that are undertaken, the more points the whole team earns.
Taking part in the Big Energy Race may be for a community group 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 early 2015
You have some ideas for a local community energy project
You are planning events / activities in early 2015 where you could easily slot in some additional element
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.
The Big Energy Race will begin in mid-January and last 11 weeks. From November 2014, community groups can visit the Big Energy Race web page and register their interest in taking part as a team.
Visit www.bigenergyrace.org to register your interest and receive further information.
*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.