2016 Projects

UC Leuven-Limburg: Energie-opvoeding bij kwetsbare gezinnen thuis

Families with young children, primarily single mothers, run the biggest risk of being sucked into energy poverty. Energy technology students from UCLL work with DOMO, an organisation supporting vulnerable families with young children, to educate families about electricity consumption in their own home. Their consumption is temporarily monitored in real time. The families receive tailor-made feedback on how they can save energy by making easy, effective changes to their behaviour. The tips are collected and combined in a booklet for families to use. DOMO then continues this support independently.

UC Leuven-Limburg, Jan Elsen, info@ucll.be, +32 (0)487 90 63 71

Sociaal Huis Oostende, West Flanders: Interactieve vorming over energieverbruik

Alongside Antwerp, Gent, Genk and Aalst, Oostende is home to the most connected budget meters for electricity and gas. Now that energy prices are to rise considerably, Oostende's centre for social welfare (Sociaal Huis) wants to develop a training package on saving energy as a form of prevention and to ensure that energy remains affordable for people with a limited budget. The package is the result of open and interactive group sessions and comprises information about the consumption of household appliances, a reusable calendar giving a tip every day of the year, and an app. This initiative aims to get other organisations to use this package with their own target group. As such, the project incorporates a train the trainer component.

Sociaal Huis Oostende, Bruno Wyns, onthaal@sho.be  +32 (0)59 59 10 53

Public social welfare centres CPAS/OCMW in Balen-Dessel-Mol-Retie: Verwarmen ≠ verarmen

People suffering energy poverty are unaware of the general rules of energy efficiency when it comes to heating and lighting their homes, resulting in bigger energy bills and possible health issues. This project wants to provide them with the knowledge they need to heat and light their home in a cost-effective and energy-efficient way. Metering is knowledge, so they first undergo an energy scan before being given the tools they need, such as a thermometer with a moisture meter, and learning how to use them. This means that they can immediately see the impact of their efforts and this motivates them. The material will be tested, assessed and modified with the target groups.

Balen-Dessel-Mol-Retie CPAS/OCMW, Nele De Wever, nele.de.wever@ocmwmol.be, +32 (0)14 33 15 84

IGEMO, province of Antwerp: Geschikt Ver-der-Huren

Landlords need a 'carrot' to encourage them to improve the quality of their rental properties by making them more energy efficient. The 'carrot' in question is a tool that gives landlords clear information about the benefits of insulation, glazing or new heating appliances, what work they would need to carry out, which subsidies are available, and how much the work would cost. Landlords also receive support while work is underway when, for example, requesting and comparing offers. A win-win situation: tenants see their energy bills cut and so there is less chance of them being unable to pay their rent.

IGEMO, Anneleen Van Tendeloo, igemo@igemo.be, +32 (0)15 44 84 71

Flemish Brabant Regional Institute for Community Development RISO, Tienen: Het kan ook anders

Disadvantaged groups are often overlooked by existing initiatives for energy-efficient living. This project adopts a comprehensive approach. 'Het kan ook anders' works with the province, city, public social welfare centre (CPAS/OCMW), the Energy Savers (Energiesnoeiers), the Fonds ter Reductie van de Globale Energiekost (fund to cut general energy costs), and Erm'nerm (an association where the disadvantaged have a chance to speak out) for six months to organise a demo house that describes 'realistic' energy habits, outlines supporting measures, raises awareness and provides training. This is followed by the renovation of a housing block.

Flemish Brabant RISO, Dirk Masquilier, post@risovlb.be, +32 (0)16 44 15 94

Anama asbl, Pecq: ‘Lekker en gezond koken én energie besparen, het kan’

Stews and tagines with plenty vegetables are good for your health but need to simmer for a long time. Anama, an organisation tasked with, among others, helping newcomers residents to join the community, wants to organise cooking workshops where participants learn to make a Norwegian cooking pot and how to cook with it. They can then take their cooking pots home with them. When using a Norwegian cooking pot you begin cooking as usual, but after a while you can let the food stew without using an external power source. Through this project, Anama wants to show these people, who spend a large chunk of their budget on energy, how much energy they could save by cooking differently.

Anama asbl, Martine Ome, omemartine@gmail.com, +32 (0)69 54 52 19

Revert asbl, Verviers: Het energie-spaarvarken

People in precarious conditions have little room in their monthly budget for small devices changes that could cut their energy bills. By launching this project, the not-forn-profit associations Revert, which gives training on rational energy consumption, and Financité, which focuses on microsavings, work with La Maison Marie Louise to set up a savings system for a group of people. They should set aside a small amount every month. Participants are trained in saving money, budget management and rational energy consumption. They are given a kit to take home so that they can where they can use it, for example, to monitor their energy consumption. A mini audit shows which energy investment could make the biggest difference to them.

Revert asbl, Julien Galland, info@revert.be, +32 (0)87 33 77 37

Brussels public social welfare centre CPAS/OCMW: Beter en goedkoper verwarmen?
Eerste stap: de installatie onderhouden!

The Brussels public social welfare centre noticed that a lot of its clients do not have their gas boilers serviced every year, although tenants are required to do this by law. However, this service could cut their energy bills considerably. As such, the Brussels public social welfare centre will offer its clients a standard contract for servicing that takes the work (finding a service provider, making an appointment, negotiating the price) out of their hands. Thanks to this contract, the public social welfare centre also remains in the loop about the quality of installations and can, should they be defective, can contact the landlord.

Brussels CPAS/OCMW, Jan Willems, pres.1000@cpasbru.irisnet.be, +32 (0)2 563 53 10

Format 360°asbl/Objectif 2050 asbl/E²=MC sprl: Target One – ervaring

Belgium's housing is hopelessly outdated, with close to 40% of the country's roofs lacking insulation. The bills received by these households are up to 30% higher as a result. Subsidies are available to those installing insulation but only once work has been completed and then they only cover part of the work. This project teaches property owners or tenants in precarious conditions (who are clients of participating public social welfare centres) how to properly and cheaply insulate the floor or roof of an attic themselves. Two trainers are on hand to help participants during this two-day practical training course. After completing their training, the participants can carry out the work themselves.

Format 360°asbl, Dominique Dubruille, dominique@format360.be, +32 (0)486 26 14 95

Régie des Quartiers de Châtelet asbl, Châtelet: Energie-ambassadeurs: welkom in mijn wereld!

Many vulnerable families have no access to the information that could help them to save energy. This project takes people living in social housing to a demo house where they can experiment with rational energy consumption in the home. They learn how to use energy efficiently at home, both from their trainers and each other. They help to create educational tools (e.g. booklets, video reports and posters) tailored to their situation. These tools are geared towards other groups of residents, whom this first group shall support as energy ambassadors.

Régie des Quartiers de Châtelet asbl, Candice Freres, laregie@laregiechatelet.be, +32 (0)71 38 01 48

La Maison asbl, province of Liège: Energie: inspanningen vandaag kunnen morgen lonen…

80% of clients at La Maison, an organisation that manages insertion and temporary housing for disadvantaged people, have prior energy debts. They are stuck in a vicious circle. La Maison wants to tweak families' consumption habits to help them to break out of this circle. The project helps tenants to settle their past debts. A mandatory workshop teaches them in a fun and accessible way how to read bills and gives them tips and tricks for consuming energy more rationally. They are encouraged to keep up their new habits by taking monthly meter readings and indicating how lower consumption has affected their bills.

La Maison asbl, Aurore Demarcin, cfornarello.lamaison@cortigroupe.be, +32 (0)4 338 44 73

Une Maison en Plus, Forest: Energisons plus

70% of your energy bill is determined by the quality of your home, while the remaining 30% depends on your behaviour. This project deals with both of these aspects. It monitors 40 families experiencing energy poverty by conducting a simplified energy audit, providing individual support for two years and giving vulnerable families an energy box. This box includes, for example, a timer, energy-saving bulbs, reflective heat panels, a power strip with surge protection, insulation foil for windows and insulating material for pipes. The families learn about rational energy consumption and are shown how to improve the energy quality of their home through, for example, making small repairs or better insulating their windows. This reduces their energy bill and increases their comfort.

Une Maison en Plus, Charlotte Verhoustraete, info@unemaisonenplus.be, +32 (0)2 349 82 40

Liège-Energie, Liège: Aankoop van zuinige verwarmingsinstallaties

Prevention is better than cure: this is the principle behind this project. The tenants of Liège's public service property companies (7,000 homes) will receive economical heating installations. Household energy consumption is examined and used as a basis for identifying the best way to help to reduce their energy bill. This takes the form of a support contract, whereby the households pledge to, for instance, closely monitor their consumption and take the agreed measures to save energy.

Liège-Énergie, Gun Gedik, info@liege-energie.com, +32 (0)4 221 56 40


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