'All in all a great success' is how Ken Down, Area Manager at Stafford's Signpost Centre, sums up the recent work to improve insulation on the premises. The Centre on Auden Way, Highfields, had cavity wall and loft insulation fitted in 2013, and already the staff and visitors have felt the difference, and electricity costs have been cut too.
Cavity wall insulation being installed at Stafford's Signpost Centre, Highfields, in July 2013, thanks to a grant from Stafford Borough Council.
Stafford Borough Council contributed to the cost of the cavity wall insulation as part of their programme to support sustainable development and tackle climate change.
As a follow-up to this, local councillor Trish Rowlands provided further funding from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund to pay for insulation of the loft.
'Improve our carbon footprint'
After starting his job in April 2013, Mr Down 'wondered if there was more we could do to improve the energy efficiency of our building, to not only save us money - which could be put to better use in our community work - but also to improve our carbon footprint.'
Ken Down, Area Manager of Stafford Signposts, said: 'we are using far fewer units of electricity for our storage heaters during these winter months, partly because the winter has not been as cold as last year, but mostly because of the extra insulation'.
In November 2013 the Centre, working with Stafford Borough Council's Policy, Improvement and Partnership Team, also installed three cycle stands outside, which have been well used. 'From the moment the racks were put in they were used by cyclists coming to our centre - they are proving very popular, even on cold December days', according to Mr Down.
Electric bills 'slashed'
The benefits of the insulation measures are reflected in the electricity bills. Consumption by the night storage heaters used by the Centre was slashed during the winter of 2013/14 compared to the previous winter, although the weather was much milder as well.
The Stafford Signpost Centre is one of three charitable projects that provide services and facilities to their local communities - the others are in Stone and Barlaston. Whether it's advice on housing or employment, or just a cup of tea and a friendly face, Signpost staff are there to help.
Contact: Signpost Centres (main office), Auden Way, Stafford, ST17 9TX. Tel. (01785) 223860
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