Energy Champions started during Green Capital year 2015. They have been supporting the REPLICATE project in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill and are now helping out with the Warm Homes Advice and Money (WHAM project).
The vision is for every neighbourhood in Bristol to have a local person to turn to for energy advice, a person who would champion energy saving in their community.
Training is provided to Energy Champions to help enable them to support energy groups in the city, work with community groups wanting to run energy programmes or to start their own projects. We also have get-togethers so Energy Champions could meet each other and come up with ideas together.
In the past, Energy Champions have:
● Helped to conduct energy efficiency surveys
● Learnt how to construct solar panels and teaching others
● Carried out research
● Demonstrated new technologies
● Provided advice and support
- finding the best video demonstration of draughtproofing your front door
- how on earth do you stop draughts from your ceiling downlighters?
- where do I buy secondary glazing?
- etc etc
One of the roles of BEN is to respond to emerging energy policy in the city. There are two main volunteer opportunities which could contribute to our work in this area:
- Looking out for policy and consultation opportunities that are relevant to BEN’s work, keeping track of them as they develop, and keeping the BEN membership informed through blog posts, input to the newsletter and social media
- Co-ordinating consultation responses from members – this has a powerful impact when BEN is able to speak to policy makers as a representative of the member groups, by consulting with the members and writing a shared policy response.
This could be shared between several volunteers if someone wants to take on doing a response to one particular policy, or following one policy story.
Get in touch if you think this might be you.
Stay in touch!
Join the Energy Champions mailing list by emailing coordinator@bristolenergynetwork or phone 07871791679
Check out the Events page
Join the Energy Champions Facebook page
If you have an event you would like us to come along to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.