Trouble with living in Bath is that often the property looks great from the outside but, if it’s a period home, heating it can run away with your money. That’s a special issue but saving on heating and lighting is something we’d all like to do which is why an autumn programme of events to help make local homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run is being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, and other local partners.
Whether you are a home owner, live in rented accommodation or live in social housing, there are lots of things you can do to help bring your energy bills down. A number of talks and workshops are running in and around Bath during October and November including:
- The Bathford thermal imaging exhibition, from 7th-20th October at Bathford Community Café, and Illustrated Talk on Thur 10th 7.30pm. Find out where heat escapes from homes. Bathford Energy Group.
- Green Deal Q&A session Find out what’s in a Green Deal Advice Report, next steps, and possible grants available. Mon 14th October 8pm-9pm, upstairs at The Ring O Bells. Energy Efficient Widcombe
- Draught Proofing Workshop learn about and have a go at fitting different types of draught proofing. Tue 22nd October 6.45pm, book here. Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, & Centre for Sustainable Energy.
- Air Tightness Clinic Bookable half-hour slots with national air leakage expert Paul Jennings to discuss your project. Wed 13th Nov, 12pm-4pm, BRSLI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath
- Leak Tight, Ventilate Right! How to go beyond draught-proofing to make yours a leak-free, air-tight home that is healthy and warm. Wed 13th Nov, 7pm-9pm, BRLSI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath
There will also be a number of coffee mornings and drop-in sessions organised by Curo Sustainability Forum where residents in rented or social housing can find out about what they can do to reduce their energy bills, taking place in Weston, Twerton, Odd Down, Snow Hill, Keynsham, Swainswick, Peasedewn St John, Kingsmead and Bathwick.
Cllr Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said “These events are a great way for residents to find practical ways to protect themselves from rising energy bills and cut their carbon footprint, helping us move together towards a low carbon future. Reducing the community’s carbon footprint is not something that the Council and its partners can do on their own; it takes action by every single household across the district in the form of challenging their green behaviour and habits.”
Cathy Hough, from Transition Bath, said, “We know there is huge interest from people in Bath about how to make their homes warmer and greener, so we’re delighted to support such a range of events to help people take the next step this winter.”
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