The European Consumer Organisation’s STEP project which also ran across Cyprus has trained social workers, nurses and volunteers to advise people at risk of energy poverty on low-to no-cost measures to make their homes more energy-efficient.
Apart from Cyprus, STEP – a Horizon 2020 project managed by BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation – also ran across Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Britain over the past two-and-a-half years.
More than 1,000 frontline workers were trained, 16,000 consumers received energy advice, and cumulative investments in sustainable energy were calculated at 400,000 euros, according to BEUC.
As energy and food bills rise faster than wages amid what is becoming widely dubbed a “cost of living crisis”.
BEUC says its model could be easily and cheaply exported to other countries.