City charity goes green and saves cash

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A SHEFFIELD centre for the vulnerable and socially excluded is set to become more energy efficient thanks to a series of measures which will save it £1,750 on bills each year.

The St Wilfrid’s Centre on Queens Road has been awarded £20,000 from energy company E.ON to fund the installation of solar panels and other efficiency improvements.

The modifications will also prevent more than 10,000kgs of CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year.

The grant has come from the firm’s Sustainable Energy Fund and will fund the panels which will allow the centre to generate renewable energy.

The building will also get energy-efficient lighting and full insulation and draught proofing to reduce waste.

Centre director Kevin Bradley said: “This grant from E.ON will mean vulnerable people and volunteers in our community will benefit from a draught-free, warm environment. The money saved as a result of lower energy bills will be freed to go towards facilities to help our clients improve their skills, confidence and social skills.

“By cutting our energy consumption and consequently our effect on the planet we will become an example of good practice in Sheffield and will be able to show that although our main aim is to help the homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded of the area, we also care about the wider world.”

Tony Jenkin Jones, from E.ON, said: “E.ON is committed to helping people and communities get ‘energy fit’ and it’s imperative charities like St Wilfrid’s are given the tools and support they need to reduce their energy use and bills, while improving the comfort levels for people who depend on them.”