District energy teams
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
The District energy teams project is an initiative of the Municipality of Sittard-Geleen in cooperation with consultancy Royal Haskoning. In September 2007, the municipality concluded a cooperation agreement with various partners (including the Municipality of Stein, six housing corporations, Essent Retail, Inhome Volta (installation company), Domestica (reintegration company), Kenteq (knowledge centre) and Stegabo/Gamma Bouwmarkt). The project had three aims: saving energy, labour market reintegration; and fighting poverty. Between 1 September 2007 and 1 June 2010, energy teams fitted energy-saving facilities in dwellings in Sittard-Geleen and Stein. The project focused on low-income households. Potential households were approached via housing foundations, the Sittard-Geleen Work and Incomes department, Fontys University of Applied Science, Zuyd University, and the ethnic minority network. Almost all low-income households in Sittard-Geleen had the opportunity to register for the energy team services. Potential clients received a letter with a reply form notifying them of the energy-saving facilities and informing them that these measures would result in substantial savings. The working methods of the energy teams were also described.
Evidence of success
4,572 households registered, with 3,714 fitted with facilities. The team was made up of people receiving social assistance benefit; thus providing work experience. Average of 74.4m3 of gas and 152.5kWh/annum of electricy saved per household (around 77euros p.a.)
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