Author Archives: Christabel Watts

Hitting the Cold Spots: Margaret’s Story

It was during a particularly cold spell in March when Margaret’s boiler broke down, leaving her with no heating or hot water at a crucial time of year. Margaret contacted her local council who put her in touch with us. We talked through Margaret’s situation with her on the phone and she told us how difficult […]

Hampshire Residents Helped with First-time Central Heating

Through Hitting the Cold Spots, Hampshire County Council and the Environment Centre (tEC) have been helping eligible households with the cost of installing first-time central heating. Read Brian and Jane’s stories below, to find out what a difference this has made to their lives.   Brian’s Story Brian had a brand new central heating system […]

First-time Central Heating Funding

Through a partnership between Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Environment Centre (tEC), we have received significant funding from Central Government to help with the cost of installing gas or LPG central heating systems into homes which do not currently have any form of central heating. To qualify for assistance […]

Southampton Healthy Homes

Press Release: Southampton secures £500k to help residents stay warm this winter. The Environment Centre (tEC) in partnership with Southampton City Council have been awarded £500K funding through the British Gas Energy Trust Healthy Homes Programme to help vulnerable residents across the city who are struggling to keep warm and well in their homes. This […]

Join our team!

Position available: Project Officer We are looking for a Project Officer to join our small and friendly team to help raise awareness of environmental and sustainability issues. Educated to degree level and with project experience you will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to maintain a focus on detail while managing a large […]

Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount 2014-15?

  What is the Warm Home Discount? The Warm Home Discount is a £140 discount off your electricity bill (or credit on your pre-payment meter) for winter 2014-15 if your supplier is part of the scheme and you meet the eligibility criteria. The scheme is open to applications already and it is worth applying early to ensure […]

CRUMBS Project in Southampton

CRUMBS (Co-ordinated re-use makes business sense) is a new project delivered in partnership between Southampton City Council and SCRATCH. The project aims to support Southampton SMEs in reducing waste, saving money and improving carbon emissions. So, if you are a local SME looking to pass on or pick up unwanted office furniture and equipment, or in the food […]

NEA Community Action Award Winner 2013-14

We are pleased to announce that we won an NEA Community Action Award for our affordable warmth work in Southampton, in partnership with Southampton City Council, Age UK Southampton, Society of St James Handy Person’s Service and other agencies in the Southampton Warmth for All Partnership. The award was presented to us last Wednesday by […]

NEW tEC Home Visit Service

We are now offering a new home visit service to Southampton residents*. This free and confidential home visit advice service focusses on keeping warm and saving energy at home. It is available to individuals or households, aged under 60, who are owner-occupiers or private tenants (we have a separate Money Matters scheme with Age UK […]

Energy Action North Hampshire Launch – 15th February

On 15th February Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, in partnership with Hart District Council and Climate Energy will launch Energy Action North Hampshire, a project to reduce fuel poverty in the borough. This project will enable access to ECO funding to provide free home energy efficiency improvements in households where homeowners and private housing tenants […]