Bridport Energy Champions
Bridport Energy Efficiency Campaign 2021/23
‘Lowering Household Bills – Lowering Carbon Emissions’
The news that average household’s energy bill was due to significantly rise was chilling for millions of people already struggling to heat their homes.
25% of homes in the Bridport area fall in the lowest two energy rating levels. If your house or flat is uninsulated and draughty, and if your appliances are inefficient, then you’re wasting energy and money – and making yourself less snug and warm.
Sources of Help:
Bridport’s Energy Champions have copies of an excellent booklet full of energy saving ideas which are relevant to home owners and renters alike. It can be collected from the Town Council reception at Mountfield. It is also available online Energy Saving Booklet.
The Energy Champions are trained in the use of thermal imaging cameras and can come to your house to assess cold spots, discuss issues and energy saving ideas.
Thermal imaging surveys can only be done when the heating is on because we need to be able to see where the cold is getting in or heat escaping.
Bookings are now being taken for October 2023 onwards. Contact [email protected] or call 01308 456722
Ridgewater Energy run the Healthy Homes Dorset initiative providing access to free energy advice and funding for energy saving measures, such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, heating measures and enabling works. Contact: FREEPHONE 0300 003 7023 or Text INSULATION followed by YOUR NAME to 07984 44058
Homeowner wanting to make changes?
Retrofit refers to any improvement work on an existing building to improve its energy efficiency, making it easier to heat, able to retain that heat for longer, and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. There are many options out there, including solar systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers and the right choice will depend on your home and circumstances. You can find a lot more information about how to generate your own renewable energy on the Energy Saving Trust’s website.
Renting? Can’t make big changes to your house?
- If you are a tenant in private rented property you can get help from Dorset Housing Standards team – Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01305 251010
If you are a tenant of Magna Housing you can get help from Jason Hawke, sustainability manager 0800 358 6025
Since autumn 2021 the Town Council has been supporting an energy efficiency campaign; training local energy champions and collating useful local energy information. Here are a few links to Energy efficiency information available to download:
- Understand why saving energy and reducing carbon go hand in hand and what becoming an energy champion is all about
- Energy essentials training session January 2022
- Understanding fuel poverty February 2022
- Principles of energy efficiency and retrofit February 2022
- Damp, mould and draught proofing March 2022
- Engaging people in energy matters March 2022
There is a great deal of useful information available from https://www.cse.org.uk/advice
Here are a selection of CSE fact sheets for download:
Central Heating Controls
Condensation, Damp & Mould
Keeping The Cold Air Out
Economy 7 – For Heating and Hot Water
Cold Homes & Health
Lighting – The Low Energy Light Bulb Revolution
Night Storage Heaters
Recruiting ‘energy champions’ to help their local community be more energy efficient, see: energy champions Leaflet
If you’d like to know more about the Council’s energy efficiency campaign, including becoming an ‘energy champion’ please contact: [email protected]