YouGen press release
YouGen welcomed into the National Energy Foundation
Posted on 6 February 2015 at 8:49 am
The National Energy Foundation announces
today that it has agreed with YouGen to take on its activities, thereby providing
a secure, long-term future for YouGen members and website visitors. YouGen will be a fitting addition to the
Foundation's growing family of services that help householders and home owners
to improve the energy performance of their homes through better energy
efficiency and generation.
YouGen was set up in 2008 by Cathy
Debenham. While renovating her home, she identified that if people were going
to go ahead with energy-saving home improvements they needed an accessible
source of very practical advice and people they trust to answer their questions.
Since then, YouGen has become a successful, multi-award-winning service, making it easy for
people to learn about, invest in and enjoy the benefits of generating renewable
heat or electricity.
During 2014, the YouGen website attracted
over 1,138,000 page views. Over
the years, the YouGen service has featured regularly in a number of national
newspapers (including The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph), on the BBC and in
the trade press. It has also been commended for providing practical information
and advice on all aspects of renewable energy - through its website, blogs,
newsletters and installer database - and for helping people find and choose a
local installer they can trust.
Having run YouGen on a shoestring with a small team, Cathy recently decided it would thrive better as part of a larger organisation where the service could develop and expand. Cathy looked for a suitable organisation that shared YouGen’s values of fairness, independence, passion and professionalism and invited the National Energy Foundation to take the service on.
The National Energy Foundation was delighted to be approached and will ensure continuity of the YouGen service so that users and partners receive an uninterrupted and high-quality service. Cathy Debenham has agreed to continue her involvement and will be an adviser to NEF to ensure that the YouGen service continues to benefit from her energy, enthusiasm and vast experience throughout the transition period and beyond.
For further information on this press release,
Cathy Debenham, Founder, YouGen
David Dean, Communications Manager
The National Energy Foundation is an
independent charity that has been at the forefront of improving the use of
energy in buildings since 1988. We aim to give people, organisations and
government the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to understand and
improve the use of energy in buildings.
We do this through:
· Providing practical experience and technical expertise, gained from a broad range of real-life challenges.
· Developing insights into closing the gap between expected and actual energy performance.
· Connecting stakeholders and creating forums to drive forward the frontiers of good practice.
· Conceiving, establishing and mainstreaming capacity-building initiatives.
· Helping people and organisations to succeed through the provision of impartial, comprehensive advice.
Everything we do, we do to achieve this aim.