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A scheme to keep Herefordshire Warm returns

Herefordshire Council and Marches Energy Agency (MEA) are pleased to announce the return of the popular Keep Herefordshire Warm (KHW) scheme. 

The scheme aims to provide advice and support to people hoping to improve the energy efficiency of their home and at the same time reduce their energy bills.  The scheme also offers advice on renewable technologies as well as grants and subsidies available.

A government consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) ends on Wednesday 16 April, after which it is anticipated that new grants for loft and cavity wall insulation will mean either free or heavily discounted insulation measures for everyone regardless of income or age.

Some installers are already cold calling local residents and promising free insulation to get householders to sign on the dotted line, but it is always difficult to know who to trust, where to get unbiased information about offers and which installers to use.

Once the changes to ECO are officially announced, the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme will assess the best installers and deals in the local area and is urging residents to call them and register their interest now with no obligation.  Once the offers are confirmed, KHW will contact householders with a recommended installer and advise them of the best way forward.

Householders can save up to £150 a year on their heating bills through loft insulation and £145 with cavity wall insulation and with warmer weather on the way it can also keep a house cooler on hot days*.

For more information on the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme, please call 0800 677 1432 or text 07583 740914 or e-mail khw@mea.org.uk.

* Please note that the savings figures were supplied by the Energy Saving Trust on 17 March 2014, based on a semi-detached house with gas central heating.

Shrewsbury Community Energy Savers

Volunteer Development Opportunities in Household Energy Reduction

Marches Energy Agency, Beat the Cold, Keele University and Middleport Environment Centre are working together to support volunteers in designing and delivering activities and events to raise awareness about energy efficiency in the home. Based in Shrewsbury and Silverdale (Newcastle under Lyme), the project will run until March 2015.

The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of people in Shrewsbury and Newcastle-under-Lyme to promote energy efficiency in their communities. 

The project focus will be to bring together and fully support interested residents to co-design a programme of energy reduction activities over the Spring and Summer for delivery over the Autumn and Winter. 

The type of activities envisaged include events such as Christmas stalls, an Energy Question Time, Energy coffee mornings and newsletters, mini stalls at a pre-arranged coffee morning or food bank event; informal energy discussion groups with existing networks, presentations or local publicity to engage your wider communities on energy reduction.

The project is funded by the Centre for Social Action

Shrewsbury Community Energy Savers 1st Meeting April 9th 7.30 at the Shrewsbury Environmental Technology Centre, The Pump House, Coton Hill, SY2 2DP

Contact Phil Newcombe to book a place. Email: phil@mea.org.uk mob: 07930342832

Ticket Giveaway: Homebuilding & Renovation Show/Sustainable Home Show

Marches Energy Agency has 10 pairs of free tickets to give away for the Homebuilding and Renovation Show taking place at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (Thurs 27th-Sun 30th March): www.homebuildingshow.co.uk  

The event will include a stand promoting Green Open Homes events taking place in April and May, including the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Open Homes Week: http://everybodys-talking.greenopenhomes.net

There will also be a show within the show called Sustainable Home Show.

Day tickets normally cost £12 in advance or £17 on the door.

The first ten people to send an email to ccan@mea.org.uk with ‘Home Building and Renovation Show‘ in the subject line will receive an email from us with a code which you can use to claim a pair of free tickets. You will need access to the internet and a printer to get your free tickets and you must claim them by midnight on 26th March. You will also be able to buy extra tickets at a discounted price before 3pm on 26th March.

Energy Efficient Communities: New Keynote Speaker

Great news: our Energy Efficient Communities event on Saturday will include a short keynote speech from Community Energy Warwickshire, a project which as seen community-owned solar panel installed on hospitals: www.cew.coop
 
There's still time to book your free place:
 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-efficient-communities-tickets-9476427249

Energy Efficient Communities

 

Saturday 15th March
9:30am-2pm
Hockerton, Nottinghamshire

 

  • Do you want to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in your area?
  • Are people in your community struggling to pay their energy bills?
  • Confused by the Green Deal and ECO? Not sure what other forms of funding are out there?

Learn how to adopt energy efficiency, lower your energy bills, cut carbon emissions and help others in your community do the same.

  • Keynote speaker: Simon Ross, RECCKN project: vimeo.com/70110525  
  • Try out practical tools for assessing how your community can best lower the carbon footprint of their homes and reduce their energy bills.
  • Hear about inspiring projects in other communities.
  • Find out about funding to help households install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, new boilers and renewables.
  • Find out how you can lower energy use in community buildings.
  • After the event  there will be an optional tour of Hockerton Housing Project. This must be booked separately and there is a cost (choose the tour that starts at 2pm on 15th March):www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk/how-we-help-you/sustainable-living-tours   

More Information: Caroline Harmon: ccan@mea.org.uk / 07748 508704

Announcement - Western Power Distribution Community Chest 2014

The Western Power Distribution Community Chest has just reopened for a third round of funding.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) have just launched their Community Chest grant scheme. Community groups within WPD’s distribution area, which serves the Midlands, South and West Wales and the South West of England, can apply for grants of up to £1000, in order to pay for simple but effective energy efficiency improvements to not only reduce their energy costs but also reduce the carbon emissions of the buildings they use for their activities.

£50,000 is available in total to enable communities to increase the efficiency of their buildings. The grant is being administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) who can also provide expert advice and guidance to help groups to carry out an audit of their buildings.

Eligible measures include insulating loft spaces, installing energy monitors, draught proofing windows and doors, fitting effective heating controls and installing low energy lighting. 

The application process is simple. Groups are asked to submit a short application form and provide quotes for recommended improvements, as well as completing an audit of their building. Guidance and an application pack are downloadable from www.cse.org.uk/wpdcc  or email wpdcc@cse.org.uk for more information.