Hot tips to help you keep warm next winter

April 24 2015

WHILE the thought of winter might leave us shivering, one Redland resident is planning ahead – by setting up an energy initiative to help the community better prepare for the colder months.

WHILE the thought of winter might leave us shivering, one Redland resident is planning ahead – by setting up an energy initiative to help the community better prepare for the colder months.

With a helping hand from Sustainable Redland and Bishopston, and the Bristol Energy Network (BEN), Sue Nichols says that she wants to help people better prepare for next winter.

She will be promoting local initiatives and sharing simple steps and ideas to keep warm and save energy.

Ideas include providing cheap but bright low energy LED light bulbs through bulk buying, and using thermal images taken of homes by the new local Heatview project – set up by Redland resident Jeremy Birch – to show where energy savings can be made.

Supporting the group is local Redland councillor Martin Fodor, who is already involved in BEN.

He ran a course in 2011 – with support from the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership – to help local people take control of their energy usage at home.

Martin said: "I'm delighted Sue is bringing people together and working with the Heatview project which has one of our European Green Capital grants. It’s great that it’s being put to such immediate, practical use to help local people tackle energy loss and high bills."

Jeremy, who is also part of Bristol Friends of the Earth, said: “We have used new, low-cost thermal imaging technology on a smart phone to record where heat was being lost during the winter, so people can see what they can do to make their homes more comfortable and cheaper to heat.”

The local images can be seen at heatview.co.uk.

The group will launch with a stall, which will be shared with BEN, at the Redland May Fair on May 3.

A drop-in follow up meeting after the May Fair is being planned for June.