Hundreds save water and energy with Tap into Savings in Redhill and Merstham by going ‘retro’

Posted: Thursday 1st July 2010

People throughout Redhill and Merstham are now saving water, energy and money through going ‘retro’.

Residents, most of whom are from Raven Housing Trust, are taking part in the nationally important Tap into Savings project, which is particularly targeting harder to reach groups from social housing.

People in more than 900 homes have agreed to the ‘retrofitting’ of free water and energy saving products– simple adaptations fitted to existing water and energy facilities that make big differences to overall usage without altering lifestyles.

Retrofitting work in homes is now well underway and more than 20 residents have also joined EcoTeams where they get together to share tips about ways of saving water and energy, wasting less and recycling more.

The next EcoTeam meeting will take place at 7.45pm on June 23 at the Methodist Church Centre on Gloucester Road in Redhill. If you are interested in attending please call Tessa, the Tap into Savings project facilitator on 0777 500 1752. For other ways to get involved with Tap into Savings visit

Alison Murphy, Distribution Engineer for Sutton and East Surrey Water and a member of the Tap into Savings project team, said: “We are very pleased with the response of the local residents. Well over half of the people to whom we offered the free water and energy saving products have signed up to have them fitted in their homes. We’ve had over 900 confirmed requests so far and we have ongoing interest. It demonstrates that people are interested in saving these essential resources, which we often take for granted. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to help residents save water, energy and ultimately money by encouraging small changes in their behaviour and installing products in homes.”

Tap into Savings is the biggest water and energy saving project of its kind in the UK being delivered across Merstham and Redhill in Surrey, Coventry in the Midlands, and Braintree in Essex. The project will jointly involve more than 10,000 people.

Funded in part by Defra’s Greener Living Fund (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Tap into Savings is a joint project led by Waterwise and undertaken with the help of Raven Housing Trust, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Global Action Plan, and the Environment Agency.

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