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New energy efficiency app launches in Hertfordshire

Hertsmere has become one of the first councils in the UK to partner with the Energy Saving Trust to provide an energy efficiency app to residents and help them make energy savings.

The app is supported by the Hertsmere Borough Council and is free to download and use for residents of Hertsmere.

Unique and easy-to-use the Hertfordshire Energy Advice Tool (HEAT) app gives a virtual tour around a typical home, asking questions and giving advice along the way. Based on the answers provided, quick, easy, low or no-cost actions are suggested to help householders save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint too.

Once the virtual tour around the home has finished, a tailored advice report can be emailed, providing users with a summary of the potential energy and money savings. The average saving from using the HEAT app is estimated to be £70 a year.

Twenty-six per cent of Hertsmere’s greenhouse gas emissions come from its homes. By taking small steps to be more efficient at home residents can all help do their part to help tackle the climate emergency.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “I am proud that we are partnering with the Energy Saving Trust on this brilliant new initiative. This app is an ideal way for the council to support our residents to not only reduce their energy use and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint but to save money as well. 

“Fuel poverty is a real concern for many families and with fuel price rises around the corner, we know that this will make heating homes increasingly difficult for some families in Hertsmere. We hope this app can help people make practical changes and it supports other initiatives we are running, such as the Green Homes Grant scheme, which is funding improvements to homes for people on low incomes and living in poorly insulated properties.”

The app was developed by the Energy Saving Trust, the UK’s leading trusted expert organisation regarding home energy, and is being rolled out by the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) – making it available to all Hertfordshire residents.

Inga Jirgensone, Group Head of Business Development at Energy Saving Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) on this exciting energy advice programme, and congratulate them on the launch of the Hertfordshire Energy Advice Tool (HEAT). Councils across the UK have a great opportunity to engage and support residents on their energy saving and sustainability journeys by making this energy advice app available to over a million people in Hertfordshire.”

Cllr Graham McAndrew, the chair of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership, said: “The partnership brings all the local authorities in the county together, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, so that we can work on shared projects in our fight against climate change. This new app will be putting tailored energy efficiency advice literally at people’s fingertips and is an excellent example of what can get done when we all pull together.” The HEAT app is free to download and available on both Google Play and the Apple store.

Hertsmere Borough Council Vacancy – IT Service Support Apprentice (fixed term contract)

IT Service Support Apprentice (15 month fixed term contract) Starting Salary £14,220 per annum

Hertsmere Borough Council is responsible for providing services including benefits, car parking, community safety, elections, environmental health, housing needs, leisure and parks, licensing, planning, street cleaning and waste collections. We have a busy in-house IT department providing a comprehensive range of services to all of our departments.

As our apprentice you will be required to provide technical and service support to IT clients, using the ITIL principles of service operation, including incident management, problem solving, assisting in maintaining the IT knowledge base and dealing with service requests from clients.

You will need to be able to provide excellent customer service and must be able to plan and prioritise to meet deadlines. You need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (grade C and above) or equivalent including Maths and English.

You will participate in the ICT Advanced Apprenticeship, and ensure that all college and workplace assessments are kept up to date and deadlines for completion are met. At the end of the initial 15 month contract you will achieve the level 3 qualification.

The post is offered on a full time (36 hours per week), fixed term basis for 15 Months. When Covid does not stipulate home-working only, this post holder will work in the office 4 days and 1 day working from home including half day for study leave as appropriate.

Benefits include 25 – 30 days annual leave (depending on the length of Local Government Service) plus one floating day per annum, local government pension scheme, flexible working hours (including home working), free car parking, free use of leisure facilities, cycle scheme, season ticket loans and access to a large staff roof garden.

This recruitment is being handled by QA Apprenticeships. To apply, please click on where you will find further details about the post and information on how to apply.

For further information on the borough and our benefits visit

Closing date: 13 January 2022

New We Move She Moves Sessions and Online Booking System

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New Year, New You? Check out our new We Move, She Moves sessions! This January we are excited to launch our brand new sessions for you to get involved in!
These include: Jump Fit: Tuesdays 8-9pm. Starts 11 January. Hartspring Lane Community Centre, Bushey, WD23 2BJ . £5 + booking fee, book online here.   
Aerobics: Mondays 1-2pm. Starts 10 January. Hartspring Lane Community Centre, Bushey, WD23 2BJ . £5 + booking fee, book online here.  
Pilates: Mondays 11-11:45am. Starts 10 January. Shenley Chapel, Porters Park Drive, Shenley, WD7 9EZ. £5 + booking fee, book here.  
Zumba: Thursdays 10-11am. Starts 13 January. 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB. £5 + booking fee, book here.
All of our other sessions are also resuming, including: Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Dance Aerobics, Stroller Strength and Golden Dance. There is something on offer for everyone, get involved today and let us help you to achieve your goals and have fun in the process. Check out further details of all of our sessions on our website and book
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New Online Booking System We are excited to launch our new online booking system for all of our We Move, She Moves sessions. This means you can now buy tickets for our sessions directly through our website by purchasing a ticket for the session you want and you will be sent a QR code to show to your instructors. New Year, New Me? Check out our new sessions here for this year, book on and let us help you to reach your goals 😃💪

Happy Holiday Camps back for the holidays

Holiday camps for children during the school holidays are back in the following locations

  • Multi Activity Camp @ Bushey Heath; LEGACY Winter 2021 @ St Margaret’s, Bushey. Ask your school for a code, further information on the following poster