As the Autumn Workshops are set to conclude with the final “Saving Money on Energy Bills”, Energy Efficient Widcombe reflects on the series which has aimed at helping people keep warm. The first tackled “What Can I do to make an Old House Energy Efficient?”, and was extremely well, attended. Energy Efficient Widcombe’s own Ozzie ffield spoke knowledgeably from his own practical experience. The audience largely set the agenda, raising their own issues for discussion, and the evening saw a range tips offered, ranging from easy to implement to those requiring more time and technical expertise. Several hand-picked experts were on hand with advise and information. The second one ran on Wednesday 9 November and concentrated on draught-proofing as draughts can add 15 to 20% to our fuel bills. It was well attended and a lot of interest generated. The speaker, Francis Moran who is currently working on a PhD at University of Bath concerning energy efficiency in historic buildings, gave very practical advice about identifying and dealing with draughts at minimal costs.
The final workshop is about “Saving Money on Fuel Bills”. Energy costs are rising year on year and according to Ofgem energy accounts for 45% of household bills. This workshop will cover switching providers (which often seems a daunting task so people don’t do it) and using an Electricity Monitor with tips on how to use it to reduce electricity bills. There will lots more low cost energy saving measures. The speaker is James Mullen, Technical Officer of Centre for Sustainable Energy. It takes place on Wednesday 23 November at Widcombe Social Club, starting at 7.30p.m.