06-06-2019 by 
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Thanks to funding from the Tadcaster Community Engagement Forum, we were able to run two training courses over winter 2018/19 to train local people as Energy Ambassadors.

16 people attended across the two courses, including individuals representing Tadcaster Library, the Town Council, Tadcrafters, Selby & District Disability Action Group, Tadcaster & Rural CIC, WEA and the Kelcbar Centre, as well as local residents. 

During the session on energy bills and switching, attendees brought in their own energy bills and we reviewed their tariffs. It was particularly satisfying that atual savings were generated of £2,209 just from people on the course switching their own energy supplier or tariff!

Feedback showed that

  •    Knowledge around energy increased from 2.3/5 before the course to 4.7/5 after the course
  •    Course content was rated at 4.9/5 and 100% of attendees would recommend the course to     others
  •    Nearly 80% of attendees had already spoken to friends, family members or colleagues           about some of the topics we covered throughout the period of the course. On average they     had shared information with 4 other people, thus reaching an extra 50 people through the       project

Comments included:

A very informative course made a potentially boring subject fun”

“Absolutely faultless and fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so highly informative and also I have saved over £200 a year which is excellent”

“I thought I was already quite energy savvy but I learnt quite a few new things!

“Surprised at how much fun this was. Thoroughly enjoyed, managed to save money, will recommend”

“I was shocked to say the least when I discovered that my fuel provider was offering a considerable discount to ‘online’ customers opposed to myself who doesn’t own a computer. As a pensioner I felt this was an element of discrimination. I passed on these comments to my fuel provider at the time”

“Thank you both for an excellent course