Current Bristol Energy Network projects are:
Together with community groups in Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill, we are working to support the community engagement element of the REPLICATE Smart Homes project, helping Bristol City Council to fit smart appliances such as washing machines and retrofit homes with efficient boilers and better insulation. This is a research project working with Bristol’s universities to understand what difference such interventions make, particularly to harder-pressed households.
We take ideas and information out to communities in different parts of the city via a roadshow approach which involves either hiring a space for a few days or setting up a roadshow in a suitable space, such as a community building. We use the opportunity to talk to people about their energy concerns and to offer support to develop projects to address them.
Bristol Energy Network works with its members to help develop energy projects and start up new groups. BEN have supported the start up of organisations such as Bristol Green Doors and Bristol Energy Co-operative, and more recently local groups Greater Fishponds Energy Group and Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group.
Bristol Energy Network have been working with Bristol City Council and Quartet Community Foundation to set up and run the new Bristol Community Energy Fund. We are also offering support to applicants to develop ideas and complete their application forms.
CHEESE stands for Cold Home Energy Efficiency Survey Experts. It is a pilot project in Bristol for a city-wide scheme that uses thermal imaging to highlight areas of domestic heat loss in residents’ homes. It has the triple aims of lowering energy consumption, saving householders money and reducing the carbon footprint of Bristol homes.