|Bristol Energy Network events
5 – 20 Sept – Community Energy Fortnight
Here’s a reminder of all the activities organised by Bristol Energy Network members during Community Energy Fortnight.
5 September – Whiteladies Farmer Market
8.30 – 2.00, Blackboy Hill
Bishopston Cotham and Redland (BCR) Energy Group are running a stall at the market.
5 September – Build your own solar panel
10-4pm, Lawrence Weston Youth Centre
Demand Energy Equality are working with Ambition Lawrence Weston energy group to run this ‘build your own solar panel’ course. Open to residents of Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07846 057 470.
8 September – BCR Energy Group meeting
8pm Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield BS7 8PD
On the agenda are Dan Weisselberg (Director and Programme Manager of) of Bristol Green Doors) who will talk about the new BGD “Route to Retrofit” website. The website will contain a wealth of information about retrofitting homes for energy efficiency based on hard-won experience of householders who have previously participated in the BGD Open Homes events. Thus, information previously only available on two days a year if you visited a participant’s home will become accessible year-round.
There will follow an informal discussion about the way forward for the group – suggestions/ideas very welcome.
This will include an update on the CHEESE home energy surveys and the local Heatview street by street infrared survey of the 3 wards. We will be collecting names for a register of people interested in having a survey performed during the winter months.
Also featured is a short introduction to MakeyourhomeEco courses taking the form of the Home Energy Jigsaw game which shows the way all the elements of managing and tackling home energy issues fit together.
8 September – Community Energy Q&A
1pm, online forum
Get the how, where, when, why and who on community energy. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and the team behind the new Community Energy Hub website (coming soon from the Energy Saving Trust) are hosting a live web chat on the Just Act Forum – Tuesday 8 September, 1pm.
For an hour, members of Just Act can log on to ask questions about community energy and how they can get involved. Registration for Just Act is free and easy, and gives people access to a whole range of resources, blogs and information, as well as to the forum itself.
The Q&A session will take place at: http://www.justact.org.uk/forums
No need to worry if you can’t make that time. The Q&A session will be available to read on the Just Act forum so you can still benefit from the tips and advice shared. And, as ever, you can reach the CSE communities team at email@example.com.
10 & 17 September – free Talking Energy courses
10.30 -12.30, Lawrence Weston Youth Centre
The partnership between MakeyourhomeEco and Talking Money continues through European Green Capital year. The joint Talking Energy short courses – supported by a Bristol 2015 grant and Lottery Awards for All – have already been run in West Street, Southville, The Centre, and Easton. They are now scheduled for Lawrence Weston and Knowle West.
- Thursday 10 September – 10.30 – 12.30 – Understanding energy consumption and bills
- Thursday 17 September – 10.30 – 12.30 – Managing your bills and energy efficiency advice
- September/ October – Home Visit with a free winter survival kit (including insulation material)
Places can be booked with Talking Money on 0117 954 3990 / 0800 141 2004 and by email to the Energy Advice Project team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshops are aimed primarily at those in fuel poverty, aiming to help keep them out of fuel debt by providing energy efficiency advice, such as understanding energy consumption, managing energy bills, and providing practical energy efficiency and support. The sessions can be attended separately or as a two-part course over consecutive weeks.
The 90-minute advice sessions will cover all the skills needed to get the best energy deals, manage bills, reduce usage and maximise energy savings.
Course attendees will then be offered a free home energy audit so they can apply their new skills and receive free insulation materials.
If you work with clients who would benefit from one of the workshops please email email@example.com. They are also looking for locations and partners who can host a short course where residents are already involved.
10 September – Energy Survey of Hillfields Youth Hub
Thicket Rd, Bristol, BS16 4EH
Greater Fishponds Energy Group will be carrying out an energy survey of the Hillfields Youth Hub on 10th September. They will be joined by a number of Energy Champions so that they can learn about carrying out surveys of community buildings. The results of the survey will help the Youth Hub understand their energy use, ahead of the building being transferred from Bristol City Council to the community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
10 September – Easton Energy Group monthly clothes swap
7.30pm at Warm Up Bristol show home 56 Heron Road
11 September – Planning a smarter energy future for Bristol
12.00, Open Space
For the last two years, Bristol has been working with the cities of San Sebastian and Florence on ‘Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning’ (STEEP), an exploration of how to move towards more sustainable and efficient smart city planning. You can read more about the project at: www.smartsteep.eu
As the project draws to a close, the Bristol project partners (Arup, Bristol City Council, CSE, University of Bristol) will present their outputs and share their findings at an extended lunchtime talk on 11 September 2015 from 12:00 to 15:00 at Open Space in central Bristol.
This event is open to all but would be of particular interest to people working, studying or interested in energy planning, and those interested in how smart cities, including energy planning, could transform our cities. The event will be chaired by Gary Topp, Development Director at Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
For details of the programme for the talk and how to register, click here.
12 September – Knowle West Fest
12 – 8pm Filwood Broadway, Knowle West, BS4 1JL
Re:work are running a swap shop, and repair cafe at Knowle West Fest. There will be food and music and general celebrations. If anyone wants a stall or space contact Lou at the Park: 0117 9039770 or Louise.email@example.com
19 September – Make Your Home Cosy
2-5pm, Warm up Bristol Show Home, 56 Heron Road, Easton
Do you live in a cold, draughty or house in poor condition? Come along to this event for: friendly and expert advice on energy and your rights as a tenant, draught-proofing and secondary glazing workshop, knit-your-own draught excluding snake/dolphin and the energy light-bulb challenge and other games for children. Find out how to approach your landlord or agent for home improvements.
19 September – Renewables Day
2-4pm, Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Bristol, Avon BS5 6AW
Hear about exciting developments around community solar project in Easton and for the rest of the City:
- Owen Square Community Energy Project; Not-for-profit solar scheme is a pilot for installation of an Energy Centre that seeks to capture and store summer heat in the ground for use inthe summer. Choices@eastonenrgygroup.org
- Two Wards of Solar for Bedminster and Easton; Easton Energy Group and Bedminster Energy Group have been awarded a government grant to see if it is possible to set up a local community energy project that will offer cheap daytime solar electricity to local people and a community improvement fund for the area. The project aims to put solar on 150 domestic roofs in the two wards as part of the pilot. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Citywide solar Bristol Energy Cooperative announce plans for their next share offer for solar on community buildings across the city and projects they are currently working on. Contact: email@example.com
19 September – Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Community Fair
12.30 – 4.30pm, St. MIchael and All Angel Church, Gloucester Road
BCR Energy Group are running a stall at the local Neighbourhood Community Fair.
For the rest of the month…
22 September Easton Energy Group members meeting
You don`t have to be a member to join, just come along on the night to find out about and get involved in exciting local projects. Immediately afterwards (c.7.30pm) please join the ‘World Food Energy Cafe’ social, this month’s theme is Mexico!
26 – 27 September – Bristol Green Doors
Bristol Green Doors are working hard on their forthcoming green open homes event September 26-27th. 32 homes will be opening in areas far and wide from Brislington to Shirehampton and Horfield to Bedminster. Some are whole house refurbs, one is built with straw, two are off gas, one has a voltage optimiser. Check out our brand new website www.bristolgreendoors.org going live any day now!
The website, is designed to support the Route to Retrofit. Lots of work has gone into it and will continue to do so in the lead up to BGD 2015 and beyond. Your views as BEN members and community are really important to BGD. It is intended to be something to help people – does it work? (We hope so!!)
From the beginning of September the popular map booklets will be ready for distribution around the city. If you can help drop some off in local shops, bars and cafes please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not too late to sign up to be an Event Steward. A number are coming through from the Energy Champions project but as a number of previous openers and stewards have expressed an interest in volunteering, they have set up a new registration form http://www.bristolgreendoors.org/event-stewards-bristol-green-doors-2015
. It’s a great role – meet the public, support Green Doors and learn about homes fit for the future. And receive your T-Shirt!