After successful pilot surveys last winter, the CHEESE project is again offering surveys in BS6/7 from November 2016 – March 2017. CHEESE is a non-profit scheme led by local community volunteers that can show you where your house leaks energy and money by using thermal imaging. They can then suggest remedies, many of which are low-cost. You will also be helping Bristol satisfy its climate change obligations.
The CHEESE project is also looking for enthusiastic people to train as thermal
imaging ‘Energy Tracer’ surveyors.
For more information and to apply go to www.cheeseproject.co.uk.
Fed up with a cold, draughty home?
Want to save energy and master practical issues like managing bills, controlling heating, choosing appliances in time for winter?
Don’t know where to start an energy saving project that will meet your needs?
Making a home energy jigsaw
Come to a taster session to explore how this short, informal course can help you start saving energy right away.
Making sense of insulation
In collaboration with BCR Energy Group, local experts MakeyourhomeEco will run the six session course locally for both home owners and tenants. It puts you in control of energy use at home and helps you to implement low cost measures around your own priorities and to develop your own project for your current or future home. It will cover 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 you on your own situation. There will also be single 2-hour sessions for students.
£5.00 for the first (taster) workshop on either Tues. evening Oct 4th (19.00-21.00) or Weds morning Oct. 12th (10.00-12.00), refunded if you sign up.
The full courses will take place over the following 6-8 weeks. Cost £85 (£40 low income) for 6 x 2 hour sessions, including all materials.
Please contact email@example.com to pre-register your interest.
Bright Green Future is a national programme designed to help young people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference. It is aimed at those aged 14-17 who are interested in the environment and are looking for a new challenge.
If you are, or know of, someone who might like to take part, find out more on the Bright Green Future website. The deadline to apply is Sunday 17 July.
Help celebrate the 10th Birthday of the Whiteladies Road Farmers Market on Saturday 25th June. As well as the usual lovely fruit, veg, bread, meat, cakes etc. there will be music for most of the morning. Come along at 12 noon for a piece of birthday cake, or meet the Lord Mayor at 1.30pm and pick up any last-minute bargains.
Andrew and Michele have been running the Redland Club (at the corner of Burlington Road and Exeter Buildings) for 7 years. It has become a very popular venue for tango dance classes and for all the other activities that happen there on a regular basis – pilates, yoga, table tennis, meditation, tutoring, kids’ parties etc.
They are now looking for two people to help with some of the tasks:
Caretaker – someone to pop in to the club for about an hour most week-day evenings and some week-ends to tidy and lock up the premises.
Tango West Helper – helping out at Tango West dance events: a once a month Sunday afternoon/evening; a once a month Saturday evening; some occasional special one-off special events.
If you are interested, contact us and we will pass on your details so that you can get the full information about the vacancies.
We are pleased to say that the CHEESE Project (see our previous post), conceived to assist people in making their homes more energy efficient, won the Bristol Green Volunteer award for 2015. This is a great tribute to director Mike Andrews, to Jeremy Birch who developed the Heatview website and crucial imaging-related software, and to the volunteers who have trained as energy surveyors.
BCR Energy Group have now completed 20 subsidised energy surveys in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland area, with Bristol Green Capital funding provided through the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership. Surveys will continue next winter and will also be extended to neighbouring areas. If you live in the area, you can sign up to a survey by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the CHEESE Project can be found at www.cheeseproject.co.uk.
The last Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market of 2015 will be on Saturday 19th December 2015. Round off a great Green Capital Year, in which the Market became a weekly event, with this licensed market where Somerset fizz will be on sale.
In addition, Dean Rise fruit farm will be running their stall on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th) under the tree from 8.30am to 2.00pm to allow last minute fruit and veg buying.
There will be no market on December 26th, so the next market will be the first of the new year on Saturday 2nd January 2016.
Images obtained from an internal thermal survey of a 1960s house
Red shows heat leaking through front and garage doors
Blue shows cavity wall insulation missing at corner of a wall
Cold air from an air vent is cooling the ceiling and wall
Draughts and cold spots around a window
Thermal imaging energy surveys are at last off the ground in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland area run by the BCR Energy Group. They are still searching for people on low incomes who might qualify for a free survey (the normal cost is £70.00), so if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the information on to them at the email address below. Here are some responses from those who had the first surveys last Saturday.
From someone who struggled to heat her home to a comfortable temperature: “A real eye opener. Excellent! I found I could do everything for about £150 and got to work straight away.”
From two people who had already made some insulation improvements: “Thank you very much for laying on Brian, Dave and Matt today. Very instructive, some draught proofing and the like to work on but generally very encouraging for us.” “There were still places where draughts were coming in and heat leaking out that I would never have thought of.”
If you would like further information or are interested in signing up for the next block of surveys in the New Year, please email the group at email@example.com.
By Hamish Wills
If you’re enthusiastic about using community power to do something about sustainability, please read through these comments about our AGM to see how Sustainable Redland could be useful to you, or you to it. If you have an idea you’d like to take further, why not contact the group through the website?
The AGM on Monday 30th November was a really well organized and managed event. I came away feeling fired up about the many things Susredland members have been doing over the last couple of years, and its direction for the future.
Times have changed from our beginning, when we didn’t know a great deal about climate change and sustainability but were very concerned about both. Now we know more, and thanks to all the things we’ve done over the years can take pride in the part we’ve played in helping move public opinion towards sustainability.
It was good to think of Sustainable Redland as being a platform from which people could launch their own campaigns, whether its to do with all the imaginative and creative ways of growing food locally, sustainability in local businesses, bringing sustainability into our schools, local energy projects, media projects, sustainable transport, street parties and so on. Being a properly constituted body we’re able to apply for funding to support someone’s project, it’s enabled us to be as firmly entrenched as we are in our Neighbourhood Partnership, we have respectability and dare I say have won a certain amount of gravitas, which is important in dealing particularly with the City Council.
We talked about how ignorance still lingers in the public’s mind about climate change and sustainability, which ties in with concerns we expressed about how much people know about us, past and present. We agreed one thing to counter this would be to write short accounts of things we’ve done which could be published on the website. We talked about making more use of spreading information at places we gather, such as putting out leaflets and flyers at the Market. How about colourful flyers on our gates besides the Farmer’s Market and Community Farm flyers? Perhaps there’s a marketing or design expert amongst our membership with some good ideas on getting the message out.
To assist people in making their homes more energy efficient, CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) will be offering internal energy surveys to homeowners in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland area during the winter months.
This will be done by thermal imaging and will highlight cold spots caused by draughts, poor thermal insulation, etc. and will suggest remedial action. A running-commentary on what is found is recorded along with the images and transferred to a CD or memory stick that the householder can use to plan a course of action. The approximate cost will be £70.
For a small number of people who have difficulty with energy bills and would be deterred by the cost of a survey, BCR Energy Group have been awarded a grant by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership, from Bristol Green Capital funds, to offer free surveys. This will be done on a “first come, first served” basis and the survey will have to be completed by the end of the year to qualify. So if you are a householder – or know anyone – in this situation, e.g. a pensioner or other person on a low income, living in a cold, draughty house, please email or pass this information on.
Send comments, suggestions for future events, or more information about energy surveys to: info.bcrenergy @ gmail.com