Energy saving workshops in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland


  • 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?

Come to a taster session to explore how our Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group short, informal course can help you start saving energy right away.

We’re working with MakeyourhomeEco, a local educational initiative that has developed the course for both home owners and tenants to puts you in control of energy use at home. The course will help you to implement low cost measures around your own priorities and to develop your own project for your current or future home.

The six session course will run locally and cover a range of practical issues to enable you 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 be a free taster session, followed by the opportunity to register for a daytime or evening course – places will be limited.

Feedback from a previous participant: “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”.

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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’re 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.”

Cost £85 (£40 low income) for 6 x 2 hour sessions, including all materials.
£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.

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