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Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements, says Trustmark
A new long-term campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills was launched yesterday with support from TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen.
Leaders of influential businesses and charities including TrustMark met in London to share their vision to help householders to 'use less, waste less and pay less' for their energy. Together they will communicate clear, simple and consistent messages about the things people can do to control their bills, which includes a wide range of energy saving home improvements and maintenance jobs that can be done by local, reputable tradespeople.
Liz Male,Chairman of TrustMark, said: "We want to see homeowners feeling confident, positive and protected in taking control of their energy efficiency. We also want to see a larger,stronger and more stable market for the thousands of skilled firms and tradespeople within TrustMark who are ready and waiting to provide homeowners with energy-saving home RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) work, but who are frustrated by the misinformation, mixed messages and dysfunctional way that this market operates at present.
"While energy control is not just about home improvements, we saw an immediate opportunity for TrustMark, its Scheme Operators, registered firms and consumer protection partners to be part of the solution - signposting people to reputable tradespeople who could help them implement a very wide range of energy saving measures in their homes, and allowing TrustMark-registered firms to promote the Big Energy Vision to provide added value and advice to their customers.
"TrustMark is committed to supporting this initiative to help homeowners take control of their energy, to use less, waste less and pay less. Our aim is to see a national upsurge in energy-saving, fuel-bill-slashing, high quality home improvement and repair projects carried out all over the country by confident consumers using their local reputable TrustMark-registered tradespeople."
TrustMark will promote the Big Energy Vision to its 14,500 registered firms, the relevant approved Scheme Operators that bring those firms into TrustMark, and the homeowners searching for reputable tradespeople. Many TrustMark-registered firms, such as builders, electricians, heating engineers, roofers, kitchen and bathroom installers and many other trades are a trusted source of advice to homeowners about energy control just at the point when they are actively considering key purchases and changes to their properties.
The growing partnership committing to The Big Energy Vision includes Kingfisher, John Lewis, Home Retail Group, National Trust, Citizens Advice, Calor, uSwitch, Energy Saving Trust, TrustMark, Energy UK, UK Green Building Council, Global Action Plan, Willmott Dixon, and Groundwork. It is being coordinated by not-for-profit organisations Forum for the Future and Behaviour Change.
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