Havebury is committed to becoming a greener organisation and this is demonstrated in our five year plan, Our Journey to Excellence. Havebury has pledged to try and reduce its carbon footprint by 20%.
To read our 2015-2018 Environmental and Sustainability Strategy, click here.
Bury Free Press Awards 2015 - Green Award
In October 2015, Havebury was shortlisted finalists for the Green Award at Bury Free Press Awards.
Get FREE energy efficient products
To help you save water, energy and money we have a number of free water saving products that can be easily installed in your home, some advice on achieving a lovely garden without using oceans of water and something for the kids.
Turn2us Acting on Fuel Poverty Campaign
This winter, Turn2us is running its second annual Acting on Fuel Poverty campaign to raise awareness of fuel poverty and the support available for those struggling with their fuel costs.
There are currently an estimated 4.75 million households in fuel poverty in the UK, and around three-quarters of these households are on a low income*. Recent research commissioned by Turn2us** uncovered that people living in low income households are unaware of the potential support available to help with their fuel bills, yet nearly two-thirds (64%) are uncertain if they will meet these costs this winter without experiencing financial hardship.
Turn2us has launched a dedicated campaign microsite which directs users to sources of help including:
The Turn2us Benefits Calculator – to work out which welfare benefits and tax credits you might be entitled to. Claiming benefits entitlements can not only boost income to help pay fuel bills but can also act as a trigger for eligibility for various fuel poverty programmes
The Turn2us Grants Search database – providing access to over 3,000 charitable funds
Information pages on energy efficiency and energy efficiency grants
Which? Switch energy tariff comparison tool – fully accredited by Energywatch, the industry regulator, the tool provides impartial energy advice and tariff comparisons from over 20 suppliers. In 2010, the average Which? Switch user saved £270 on their annual energy bill
For more information, please visit the turn2us website
* Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change.
** Turn2us Research Now survey conducted in September 2012 with 1010 adults on gross annual incomes of £20,000 and less
Hints and Tips
If you are worried about your heating bills, why not contact Home Heat Helpline? This represents energy suppliers and gives FREE advice on your individual circumstances and energy consumption. Call 0800 336699 or visit » Home Heat Helpline. Alternatively, contact your current supplier for advice.
Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow
Havebury is a member of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). This is a best practice group developed by Sustainable Homes in partnership with organisations including WWF, Bank of Scotland and the UK Green Building Council. As members of the group, we sign up to an independent assessment of our environmental performance, as well as committing to improving our sustainability.
In the 2016 Public Sustainability Assessment, Havebury was recognised as one of the most environmentally friendly housing associations in the country, securing a silver award. Companies signing up to be assessed by the SHIFT Index commit to being measured against a challenging set of targets for reduced carbon emissions, designed to mitigate against climate change and a broad range of environmental impacts. SHIFT members are leading the way in terms of environmental management, and the latest SHIFT survey indicates that Havebury is ahead of the pack when measured on the sustainability of its strategy, offices and existing buildings.