“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 participate in the training activities participate. We inform the families that met the requirements to benefit from the Social Rebate, which reached 81% of all families, compared to the previous figure of 38%. In total, we can estimate that the average economic savings was 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 to advise nearly 20 times more families than other years, thanks to the incorporation of the Red Cross, which joined the project through its 8 official headquarters to become the general coordinator of its 3rd edition. Throughout this new stage, more than 200 volunteers from Endesa and the Red Cross have acted in 14 cities to advise up to some 7,500 people in 3,000 families.
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.