Circular No. 1…GREAT NEWS!
Energy Efficient Widcombe, part of the Widcombe Association,has been granted almost £45,000 to encourage and assist residents of Widcombe and Bath to find out exactly what they can do to their homes to save energy and reduce carbon emissions while staying warm.
By the end of March we will have Home Energy Saving Pack information on the website and in paper versions. There will also be a display in Widcombe where residents of Widcombe; and of Bath and the surrounding areas will be able to spot a picture of a house similar to their own and find out what is likely to be possible.
The area has a high proportion of older houses which are often considered difficult to heat.
HOW WE WILL USE THE MONEY:
The money will pay contractors to A) carry out a general survey of the housing stock in Widcombe and B) to focus on the most common types of house, including listed buildings for which there will be an in depth study of the potential energy saving measures (ESMs) that could be undertaken. In parallel, there will be a survey of householder’s attitudes to possible energy improvements in their houses.
THE END RESULTS:
We will produce Home Energy Saving Packs to help people get information about all the ESMs they might take. The appraisals of what can be done to local homes will enable all home owners of similar type to have concrete, independent information on which to make decisions. We will enquire of the Council which measures are acceptable to them. We will offer the findings to the various sections of the Council to inform the Development Office’s policies on heritage, housing and carbon reduction. The Construction Industry and Professionals working with them (architects and surveyors) will see what can be done and can make the most of the energy saving methods to add value to their work.
WHERE DID THE MONEY COME FROM?
The Local Energy Assessment for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
We are especially grateful to those who have supported us:
- Paddy Doyle and the Widcombe Association.
- BaNES Council – various departments
- Centre for Sustainable Energy – Rachel Coxcoon
- Bath Chronicle
- Ian Gilchrist: Ward Councillor and Don Foster MP
- Various Church groups
- Widcombe Pharmacy – Raj
- Widcombe Healthfoods, Steve
- Bath Property Shop, Ben
This project is funded by DECC