Marije van Zomeren was approached to become national board member of the Energiebank Netherlands in August 2017. Stichting Energiebank Nederland helps households to permanently reduce their energy bills. With the help of our energy coaches, households go through a process of energy awareness, in which they are stimulated and helped to save energy. In addition, households receive a package with energy-saving products. Finally, the Energy Bank gives a direct support through a discount on the energy bill.
All this with the aim to achieve a long-term effect with short-term help. Our help is made possible through donations in money, energy saving resources and time of volunteers. In 2017 and 2018 the Energiebank grew in various cities, such as Rotterdam, Haarlemmermeer, Arnhem. Eventually the aim is to create a peer-to-peer energy network, a social enterprise.
Marije van Zomeren of 100%Zomer was advisor-board member in the transition phase to growth. She used her business and social enterprise knowledge and expertise to strengthen the basis for the growing network. She connected her contacts with the Energy Bank and acted as a supervisor but also a critical sparring partner within the board and to the supervisory board.