“We want to offer employees the chance to help those who are less fortunate through an initiative related to our area of activity, which is energy”
On one hand, our volunteer activity is centred around providing recommendations to families to optimise their electrical bill and lower their energy consumption, and on the other hand, to identify risky situations in electrical installations, which will later be rectified by certified installers. In the future, we also want to work on a more profound energy rehabilitation in homes, in collaboration with other companies that will donate the materials.
The project started in Zaragoza in late 2015, and was later also implemented in Barcelona. After two editions that helped 167 families in a situation of energy vulnerability, at Endesa and Endesa Foundation, we set the objective of having the project gradually reach a global scope.
To expand the number of beneficiaries, we have organised training workshops that volunteers, families directly involved in the programme and other people that may also benefit can participate in. We also notified the families who meet the requirements that they can benefit from the social rebate. In total, we estimate that the average economic saving has been more than €120 per year per home in these two first editions.
“When you are able to help these families that have so many difficulties, they welcome you into their homes and this fills you with satisfaction”
In 2018, the programme grew nationally, reaching nearly 2,500 families, thanks to the incorporation of the Red Cross, which joined the project through its eight official headquarters to become the general coordinator of its third edition. Throughout this new stage, in which we’ve also collaborated with the NGO Ecodes, more than 200 Endesa and Red Cross volunteers have spread the initiative to 14 Spanish cities.
With this agreement, various interventions are being carried out to help alleviate energy vulnerability situation in people’s homes. This included training for families through workshops about efficient consumption and bill optimisation, customised orientation and applying savings and safety measures.