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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.