National Energy Action (NEA)

The Energy Challenge

The Energy Challenge was established to alleviate the symptoms of fuel poverty, increase awareness and understanding of energy efficiency solutions, and provide volunteering opportunities. Having just completed the pilot phase, NEA and CSV are keen to identify a supporter who can help to develop this project from the pilot phase into a well recognised and well used service.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (290511)




  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Background- The pilot phase of The Energy Challenge lasted from January 2006 to the end of December 2007 and new partners are currently being sought to take this exciting project beyond 2008. Through the pilot phase, teams of trained volunteers (Energy Champions, each with a group of Energy Volunteers) were developed across the following locations to give advice and make small, practical, energy-saving adjustments within the home that would save energy and reduce the amount of money spent on bills: London – Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Corporation of London, Brent, Barnet, Haringey and Lambeth. Scotland – Aberdeen, Angus, Clackmannan, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Perth, Stirling. The teams also visit venues including community centres and lunch clubs to give presentations on the Energy Challenge and deliver advice through one-to-one consultations. WHAT HAS THE ENERGY CHALLENGE ACHIEVED SO FAR? (The figures that follow are true as of 01st May 2008). Progress across both locations indicates that… * 366 HOMES VISITED * 26 CHAMPIONS TRAINED AND OUT IN THE FIELD * 283 VENUES VISITED, AND 451 ONE-TO-ONE CONSULTATIONS GIVEN * ALMOST 5000 PIECES OF ENERGY CHALLENGE LITERATURE DISTRIBUTED * 40 ENERGY VOLUNTEERS TRAINED AND OUT IN THE FIELD. The Energy Challenge offers a unique service, in that: Advice is given through personal contact in the home or through venue visits The service is carried out by volunteers. The vulnerable communities that the Energy Challenge currently impacts are mainly elderly people and individuals new to life in the UK, who may not understand the way utilities payments work yet or who have language barriers. Significant progress has been made through the pilot phase in terms of reaching these groups. It is hoped that new partnerships will help maintain this quality of service as well as sustain and develop the project’s reach within these communities.