Energy Efficient Widcombe has won a major grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The £45,000 grant comes from the Local Energy Assessment Fund. The purpose is to prepare for the government’s forthcoming Green Deal which will provide grants for energy efficiency measures in homes. These will be re-paid not by the householder directly, but out of the benefit of reduced fuel bills.
Energy Efficient Widcombe is part of Widcombe Association, the largest residents’ association in Bath. Widcombe, like other parts of Bath, has a high proportion of older houses, which are often considered “difficult to heat”.
Contractors will be engaged to carry out a general survey of housing stock in Widcombe. They will then focus on common types of house, including listed buildings, for a more in depth study of a range of potential energy efficiency measures that could be undertaken. In parallel, there will be a survey of householders’ attitudes to possible energy improvements in their houses.
The outcome will be Energy Advice Packs – either on line or in hard copy – to enable local householders to access information about measures they can take for their type of house. They will be able to identify savings in energy use and, importantly, savings in fuel bills. This will allow householders to benefit from the Green Deal – and still save money.
Energy Efficient Widcombe were informed of DECC’s decision by Councillor Ian Gilchrist at their “Light Bulb Bonanza” held on Saturday 4Feb. This was a well attended event where Energy Efficient Widcombe Leader, Ozzie ffield, announced the good news. “We’re absolutely delighted and excited” he said, “but also anxious to make a success of it.”