Sign up to cut your energy bill and keep warm

August 26 2016

A course has been set up specifically to help local residents keep warm and save money this winter. If you are fed up with living in a cold, draughty home or want to master practical issues like managing bills and controlling the heating, then this course may be for you.

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A course has been set up specifically to help local residents keep warm and save money this winter. If you are fed up with living in a cold, draughty home or want to master practical issues like managing bills and controlling the heating, then this course may be for you.

Sue Nicholls, co-ordinator of Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group, said: “I'm delighted that thanks to a grant from the council's Community Energy fund we are able to offer reduced price places for local people so they can prepare for winter and take control of energy at home. We're now recruiting local homeowners, tenants, and students. Taster workshop sessions will help residents start saving energy and if they sign up to the course they won't even pay for the workshop.”

Working with local experts MakeyourhomeEco, the course for both home owners and tenants puts people in control of energy use at home and helps them to implement low cost measures around their own priorities as well as develop their own project for their current or future home. 

A six session course is on offer and will run locally. It covers practical issues to control heating and electricity use, choose appliances and understand the jargon to speak to installers or get support and grants. It’s designed around the participants and features games and hands on activities, plus a series of worksheets that focus on your own situation.

A previous participant commented:  “In the immediate term it has provided access to resources and practical ideas (some of which are very low cost) which I can implement. It has also given me insight into more major projects that I might undertake in the future when I have the capital.”

The cost of the course is £85 (£40 low income) for 6 x 2 hour sessions, including all materials. There is the opportunity to try out the scheme at a Taster workshop on either the evening of October 4 (19.00-21.00) or in the morning of October 12 (10.00-12.00), at a cost of £5.00 which is refunded if you sign up. The full courses will take place over the following 6-8 weeks.

Priority will be given to residents of BCR NP wards but some places could be allocated more widely. Please contact info.bcrenergy@gmail.com to pre-register your interest.