CIRCE Foundation participates in a European project to improve energy efficiency in 24,000 homes for elderly people across Europe
In Spain ten homes, out of which eight are from Aragon, collaborate in this initiative as pilot sites. To improve outer envelopes, reduce consumption of drying clothes, use solar energy to heat water or LED lighting are some of the recommendations.
CIRCE is involved in the European project
SAVE AGE – funded through the Intelligent Energy for Europe program, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of 24,000 homes for elderly people across Europe.
In the SAVE AGE project ten Spanish residences, out of which eight are from Aragon, participate as pilot sites. These centers have allowed that their facilities are audited in order to analyze their current situation.
In order to broadcast their progress and recommendations, the project will use the so- called European Association of Directors of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (E.D.E) network, a trade association of directors of nursing homes and day centers in 15 countries of the EU.
Reaserchers involved in SAVE AGE have undertaken a multidisciplinary analysis of the initial situation of the residences included in the project, based on knowledge of energy and gerontology studies. The radiography was taken ensuring the participation of the beneficiaries, meaning the residents and workers of these centers.
The second step was to develop action plans, setting- out the strategic documents and specific actions that show homes for elederly people across Europe which is the way to energy efficiency. Some of the actions that the participants in the project recommend are related to improving the outer envelopes of buildings, using thermal solar energy to heat water, reducing energy consumption in the drying of clothes or the installation of LED lamps, amongst others.
Researchers at CIRCE Energy Efficiency area involved in this project, presented at a seminar held in the Campus Rio Ebro last April 26th to more than 30 directors of nursing homes, maintenance personnel, employees and administrative and services staff, the work done in Spanish homes. In addition, they conducted a workshop in which guidelines were developed to carry out an energy plan for a nursing home. Today, a similar seminar will be held in San Sebastian for managers and employees of the Basque Country.
The SAVE AGE Project
This is the first European initiative, focused on energy efficiency, which considers the significant potential of the residences for the elderly in reduction of energy consumption and costs.
Along with technical improvements and changes in consumer habits, CIRCE, through AGE SAVE project also aims to raise awareness and improve knowledge about energy efficiency, offering recommendations for residents, managers and employees of these centers and showing them how to improve the comfort of older people while saving energy and cutting costs.
CIRCE and the energy efficiency
CIRCE Foundation works to promote energy efficiency within a wide range of activities. They have offered courses and advice to municipalitie’s technicians to reduce energy consumption of the neighboring communities, neighborhoods and cities. Additionally, they have given advice in the agricultural sector to livestock owners and farmers to make a better use of the resources they have. In the mobility sector they offer, amongst others, efficient driving courses directed to the public in general and professional fleet management courses for those responsibles involved in vehicle fleets management.