Wed, 2014-12-10 09:11
Up to £5,600 will be available to households in England and Wales to help with
the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation,
double glazing, boilers, cavity wall insulation and floor insulation.
Domestic energy customers can now receive:
to £4000 for installing solid wall insulation (note that this has dropped
from £6000 in the first round);
to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment;
to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.
Up to £30
million in vouchers will be available and details of further releases will be
announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015.
The £30 million will be split into two categories:
to £24 million for solid wall insulation;
to £6 million for two measures from a list of home improvements available
under the scheme.
Once the funding
under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for
that category – though applications will still be taken for the other category
if funds are still available.
Making an Application
To complete the two-stage application process, householders will need:
Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
that is less than two years old
quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on
the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures
of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)
encouraged to get more than one quote, particularly when they are having
expensive work done, to make sure they are getting the best deal available.
Funds are Limited
Funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the
incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without
notice and at any time as happened earlier this year.
Mon, 2014-12-08 20:20
Welcome to the Community Climate Action newsletter, with all the latest news, events and resources in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A special hello to new subscribers and thanks to those who have contributed items this month.
Highlights This Month
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it isn't always very good for our planet! This month we have some top tips for a Greener Christmas.
Most of the items in this newsletter are contributed by readers. If you have anything you’d like us to include in the December e-newsletter please send it to us by Monday 29th
You can also submit information about events via our website
Community Rules OK
Friends Meeting House, Chapel Row, Bakewell
Organised by Bakewell Quakers
Following from Bakewell’s Green Festival earlier this year, which was attended by more than 4000 people, Bakewell Quakers are organising a series of evening events. This one will explore community action. From local shops to allotments, house building and much more - this is a meeting to encourage each other, inform each other and build a united front.
ADVyCE Project Meeting
St Anne’s Church Hall, Ambergate
An open meeting to discuss progress on a community-owned hydro project at Ambergate. There will be an update on feasibility work completed so far.
Derbyshire Climate Change Charter Launch
Derbyshire Eco Centre, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Derbyshire County Council would like to invite you to the formal launch of the Derbyshire Climate Change Charter (2014-19). This exciting document has been developed in conjunction with the Derbyshire Partnership Forum and will form the basis of on-going action to mitigate and adapt to climate change across the whole county. The half day event will see the Charter formally introduced and a short PR launch, followed by a number of workshops and lunch. The full agenda can be found online
To book a place email: email@example.com
with an indication of which two workshops you would like to attend and any dietary requirements.
Sumac Centre Winter Fair
Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone street, Nottingham NG7 6HX
Winter Fair with handmade gifts from local crafts people, plus food from Veggies. On sale: patchwork, preserves, candles, jewellery, poi, flower sticks, prints, winter festival decorations, bags, cards, craft packs, glassware, plaques, soaps and much more!
Frack Free Nottinghamshire Christmas Party
Tues 16th December, 7pm
Fade & The Hard to Find Cafe, Mansfield Rd, Nottingham
Following a fantastic year of campaigning in Nottinghamshire the group are organising a party to celebrate.
Hockerton Housing Project Tour
£20 (£15 for students, £55 for a family, Hockerton residents: free, NG25 residents: £2.50)
Tour a self-sufficient co-housing development. See inside one of five earth-sheltered homes, tour the grounds and find out how the householders generates their own clean energy, grow most of their own food, harvest our own water and recycle waste materials.
Foundation Derbyshire Funding Appointments
December, 10am – 3.00pm
The Granville Centre, Long Eaton
An opportunity to meet with the foundation if you would like to bid for funding from them. Book a 20-30 minutes appointment:firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Ownership For Railways Protest
The following train stations: Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Burton
A call for the railways to be brought back into public ownership.
from Derby Climate Coalition
Rich World-Poor World
Tuesday 13th January
Friends Meeting House, Chapel Row, Bakewell
Organised by Bakewell Quakers
Following from Bakewell’s Green Festival earlier this year, which was attended by more than 4000 people, Bakewell Quakers are organising a series of evening events. Is charity enough? A look at economic systems which shows how we can encourage the rich world to downsize and the poor world to upsize in order to build a fairer world. Changing goals!
Hand Held Bouquet Workshop
£25 (£20 per person for students or for a group of three or more)
Learn how to create a beautiful hand-tied bouquet to take home or give as a gift. Includes materials for making a bouquet to take home with you, and home-made refreshments. Homemade soup and bread lunch available for an extra £5.00.
Derbyshire Eco Centre Courses
Jan- Feb 2015
Courses coming up in January and February 2015 include Permaculture Design Certificate, Introduction to Beekeeping, Family Bird Boxes Using Recycled Materials, Explore Renewable Energy, Organic Gardening and Introduction to Green Homes.
Sumac Sewing Club
Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone street, Nottingham NG7 6HX
A fortnightly gathering for pattern cutting, dressmaking, general sewing, clothing, household, crafts, alterations & mending.
FUNDING: £10 Million Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) Launches
The Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) is a £10m fund to kick-start renewable energy generation projects in urban communities across England. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for the early stages of a project’s development, such as public consultation and preliminary viability studies. UCEF will also provide loans of up to £130,000 to develop planning applications and a robust business case to attract further investment.
The fund is being administered by a partnership between CSE and Pure Leapfrog – a charity that has supported over 100 community projects with either finance or investment readiness support. UCEF is a counterpart to the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)
launched in summer 2013. Between the two, a project anywhere in England could be eligible for finance.
EVENT: Urban Community Energy Fund
Directory For Social Change, London, NW1 2DP
CSE and Pure Leapfrog are running a free one-day surgery for community groups, which aims to get them ready to make an application to the Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) (see above item). The event will offer access to a range of experts as well as more general information sessions on the fund and support available.
PROJECT: Join the Big Energy Race
Community groups are invited to join the Big Energy Race starting in January 2015. Register as teams and undertake energy-saving challenges. The more challenges completed, the more points you’ll earn and the better chance you’ll have of winning the race – and there’s great prizes for the best teams and team members! To register your interest visit www.bigenergyrace.org
FUNDING: The 10 Minute Fund
Fund My Venture will be providing £100 grants via a 10 minute application process on an annual basis, distributing some of its profits to social organisations across England. We want to make it easier and quicker for organisations to apply for small grants; hence we set up the 10MinuteFund! This first fund has a total value of £2,000. Deadline: 14th
RESEARCH: Case Studies sought for ‘Community Organisations and Household Energy’ Project
Are you involved in, or aware of, any projects run by community groups or voluntary sector organisations that use home visits to support householders to carry out energy efficiency measures?
Researchers at De Montfort University are working with the Chesshire-Lehmann fund to map what activity is taking place across the country, and to explore the impacts of these projects (on energy efficiency or otherwise), how these projects are set up and resourced, and how local and national government can best support this work. They are looking for projects to explore in more detail and are interested in hearing about as many projects as possible (big or small, urban or rural, on-going or no longer running).
Contact Dr Andrew Reeves at De Montfort University on email@example.com
or 0116 250 6569. More information about the research: www.dmu.ac.uk/cohe
New Opportunity to Invest in Local Hydro Project
Local people have a rare opportunity to invest in a community-owned renewable energy project thanks to a new share offer from Torrs Hydro. Generating clean, green electricity since 2008, Torrs Hydro is a hydro scheme located in the Torrs Riverside Park in New Mills, Derbyshire.
The owner of the scheme is a volunteer run Community Benefit Society, a co-op, with around 230 members. The society took out a bank loan, as well as selling shares, to build the project. Now members want to sell more shares to raise money to pay off the balance of the loan. Paying off the loan early will release more funding for the local community.
New shareholders can invest as little as £250. An ‘Invitation to Invest’ document is available online: www.torrshydro.org
, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by telephone (answering machine): 01663 898070.
Design a Frack Free Notts Christmas Card
Frack Free Nottinghamshire are looking for a design for a Christmas card. Send yours to: email@example.com
Thermal Imaging Available in Belper
Belper households have the opportunity to take advantage of Transition Belper’s Thermal Imaging Service this winter. If you would like to find out where your home may be leaking heat contact the group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy mentor offer for community projects
Hockerton Housing Project, a Nottinghamshire-based project, is delighted to join a new community energy mentoring service, adding to our range of advice services. The scheme will match existing and new community energy groups to mentors on the basis of the type of project and location, and there's a great range of experience to learn from.
Are smart tickets the way forward?
Fed up of having multiple tickets and passes for journeys around Nottinghamshire with different operators? Then have your say
on whether Nottinghamshire should introduce integrated ‘smart tickets’. Survey closes 31st
Grants Available to Plant Trees in Nottinghamshire
Greenwood Community Forest is offering schools and community groups advice and up to £250 to help them plant trees in schools and publicly accessible land in the Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood, Gedling and Broxtowe areas of Nottinghamshire. The theme for this year’s grant is ‘Trees for Shade’ as planting trees is one way of dealing with the adverse effects of climate change – a 10% increase in tree cover can significantly reduce temperatures in an urban area.
December. Application form: email@example.com
Belper wins Great British High Street
Belper has won the Great British High street ‘Market Town’ and ‘Winner of Winners’ awards.
The judges were impressed with the way the whole community uses the High Street. Transition Belper’s Totally Locally Belper project played an important parts in the competition entry. Ian Jackson, a Transition Belper member, will be attending a prize giving at Westminster on 11th
Derbyshire Pilots National Love Food, Hate Waste Resource
Derbyshire Adult Community Education Services (DACES) has piloted a new resource designed to help people cut down on food waste. ‘Save More’ was piloted in early 2014 with young mums, the unemployed and those with lower levels of literacy and numeracy in the Derbyshire area. It has been produced by the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and is now available nationally. 97% of those taking part in the pilot said they would use at least some of what they had learnt at home.
The ‘Save More’ resource is now available for download for use in your community:
Nottinghamshire Top Tips To Keep Warm This Winter
Nottinghamshire County Council has lots of information online to help you keep warm in your home this winter, including energy efficiency advice.
Wirksworth’s French Twin Holds Eco Event
Die, the French town twinned with Wirksworth, is holding a number of green talks and other events as part of its Ecologie au Quotidien (Ecology Daily) event in January and February 2015. Topics include climate and growing local. Wirksworth residents are invited to take part by either travelling to the event France or in some other way from a distance. Anyone wishing to know more can contact Alastair Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Community Energy Fund
Village hall and community building committees can access help with applying for Rural Community Energy Funding from Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN). If you’re interested in installing solar panels on your building then funding is available. Contact Rob Crowder, RCAN Chief Executive, for more information:email@example.com
Become a Nature Reserve Volunteer
There are five nature reserves in the Amber Valley area and the ‘Friends’ groups who look after them are looking for new volunteers. The groups are made up of local people who get involved in the management of these sites through meetings, practical work, surveying, events and walks. Activities include planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, hedgerow laying, improving access points and footpaths, creating wildlife habitats, clearing shrubs, establishing wildflowers.
To apply contact Amber Valley CVS: 01773 512076
Recycling of Unused Medicines Begins in Wirksworth
Wirksworth residents can now pass on surplus medicines to rural health centres in the poorest countries in Africa by taking them to Hannage Brook Medical Centre. The medicines will be passed to charity Inter Care. The practice will take any medicines with at least 15 months before expiry and in complete strips in the original pack. Nationally over 1200 GP practices are now registered for this scheme. Last year Inter Care sent off nearly £700,000 worth of vital aid to those who can't afford to buy it. Until this year any surplus medicines in Wirksworth could only be disposed of in landfill or by incineration.
BESPOKE Grants Available to Derby City SMEs
Free advice and grants of up to £5000 to help pay for measures that cut costs, save energy and reduce CO2 emissions are available to businesses in Derby until the end of December 2014. The project is keen to hear form businesses engaged in manufacturing, engineering and business-to-business services. Whilst retail businesses are not eligible for this grant, the BESPOKE project can still provide free advice on how to save on energy costs.
Mon, 2014-12-08 11:41
Shrewsbury Community Energy Savers have been busy this Autumn and Winter talking with people about how to save energy in their homes, about how to get free loft and cavity wall insulation and also showing householders what their homes look like with a thermal imaging camera.
In September they held an Energy Efficiency in the home stall at the Flaxmill Open Day and also at the Senior Safety Day at Monkmoor Baptist Church.
In October they joined members of Autonomy, the Aspergers support group, at the Red Barn public house to talk informally about energy related issues.
In November Energy Savers were at the Shrewsbury Abbey Christmas Fair, giving advice about keeping warm and telling people about the free loft and cavity wall offer.
In December the group made contact with Shrewsbury Town Football Club and are looking forward to hearing about how the club are taking on the energy efficiency challenge.
In January the group will launch it’s Thermal Imaging sessions with the first in Mountfields on the evening of Thursday 29th between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Neighbours will be able to use a special heat seeking camera to see where their homes are leaking heat.
If you would be interested in having a go with a thermal imaging camera contact Phil Newcombe at Marches Energy Agency on 01743 277118.
If you would like a free no obligation survey for free cavity and loft insulation (loft top-ups may incur a charge) please ring 0800 112 3743 and quote ref: Phil Newcombe.
Wed, 2014-12-03 11:08
A new energy and money advice project has been set up to help people struggling to keep warm across the West Midlands this winter.
The ‘West Midlands Affordable Warmth’ project has been initiated by Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the region, as part of its commitment to address fuel poverty and help customers who are vulnerable to the adverse effects of living in a cold home.
The project, which is being run over the winter months, is being delivered by Warm Zones cic, Beat the Cold and Marches Energy Agency. Together they are aiming to help more than 600 people who are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home.
Alex Wilkes, WPD’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager explained: “Helping to address fuel poverty is something that’s very new for WPD. We don’t sell electricity and therefore don’t directly affect a customer’s expenditure or debts, but we’re uniquely placed to put people in touch with agencies that can help.”
He said the point of the scheme was to team up with local expert partners who can assist customers by providing advice on a range of home energy and money issues, including changing tariffs or available energy efficiency grants.
“We hope that the project will make a real difference to the lives of our customers. By working with local agencies that are already providing excellent services we can be more effective with the support that we can provide.
“This project is part of our ongoing commitment to partnership working. We already work with local agencies, such as Coventry Citizens’ Advice Bureau, on projects that help local people. The project with Coventry CAB has supported more than 500 people over the past 10 months."
Lorraine Gumbs from Warm Zones cic said: “This partnership project will enable us to work directly with people who really need our help. It will mean that we can reach and help more people across the West Midlands, resulting in more people being able to keep warm this winter.
“We want as many people as possible to be prepared for the approaching cold weather and we encourage people living in the West Midlands to contact us on 0800 033 7967 for help to find the best deal on energy costs and advice on keeping control of their energy usage.”
Wed, 2014-11-19 07:33
45% of heat is lost through walls on a typical solid wall house and you could save around £250 per year on your fuel bills by having insulation installed.
Grants of £4,000 towards the cost are likely to be met by the government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund which is due to be announced shortly. This fund will be limited and we urge householders to sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of these grants.
3 householders in Lichfield who have had external insulation on their solid walls recently, have kindly offered to allow people to view the work and ask them questions about the process.
Mr and Mrs Tennant; Mr and Mrs Hales and Mr Poole, all had External Solid Wall Insulation installed through MEA projects two years ago and are very happy to talk about how they are saving money and enjoying warmer homes.
Mr Tennant told us “18 months on, we have reduced our fuel bills by 40%”
MEA will have an energy adviser on hand to answer any questions about energy efficiency and we have arranged for an installer to be available by phone to answer any technical questions.
No appointment is necessary to view the houses – please call at any or all of the houses between 10-1pm on Saturday 22nd November: 157 Trent Valley Road Lichfield; 92 Gilbert Road, Lichfield or 185 Chase Road, Chasetown, Burntwood, Lichfield.
MEA is organising this event in conjunction with Lichfield District Council as part of the Warmer Homes, Greener District scheme: Call 0800 6771543 to discuss any aspect of energy efficiency or affordable warmth.