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Bedminster Energy Group

For up to date information about Bedminster Energy Group: www.bedminsterenergy.org.uk orBEGBS3@yahoo.co.uk

Past News

Lot of events! The first of which is the fantastic North Street Fayre on 19th May - this Saturday. http://northstreetbs3.wordpress.com/ Look out for us… we’ll have useful information and energy saving freebies to give away.

Then there’s Bristol Energy Network on 24th,Windmill Hill City Farm Spring Festival on 26th, and during June and July more film nights, and pop-up stands at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market and we'll be supporting Bristol Big Green Week.

We’re also excited to be supporting Bristol Energy Co-op with their share offer. This is the last week you can buy a share in their solar panel installations on Hamilton House and Knowle West Media Centre. If successful the plan is to carry on with installations across Bristol.http://www.bristolenergy.coop/

And did you know that Bristol City Council is now offering free loft and cavity wall insulation to all Bristol residents? http://www.cse.org.uk/pages/energy-advice/grants/bristol

LEAF update
We planned to get an update on our LEAF project out in April but it’s taken a while to sort out all the loose ends. But we did it! Bedminster Energy was one of the community groups to be awarded DECC money in January through the Local Energy Assessment Fund. We ran the whole thing as volunteers. Here’s a flavour of what we pulled off...

Energy surveys

580 energy surveys homes in Bedminster and Southville were carried out. As far as we know this is the biggest home energy survey ever to have taken place in Bristol. The survey included questions about what energy saving improvements local people would consider for their homes and to follow this up we hope to be able to do some work to get better deals for local people through bulk buying.

We commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to carry out a full Housing stock assessment for us and we’ll be publishing the summary soon. The report includes information for Bedminster and Southville (12,000 homes) on our carbon footprint and ways to reduce energy use, carbon emissions and fuel bills.

Free EPCs

People who carried out the survey were offered the opportunity to get a free EPC report from a local assessor. These checks give the energy efficiency rating of a home with a set of recommendations for changes. The checks also mean you can try out your own ‘packages’ of improvements using the government’s online EPC adviser tool. Here’s an example EPC report:http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/2116821.pdf

Southville Centre and FaithSPACE

The other big thing we did on energy assessments was to work with Bristol Energy Co-op on co-ordinating full surveys of two community buildings. We paid for an EPC energy audit and a full SBEM assessment to be carried out by A+EPC on FaithSPACE and the Southville Centre. These very detailed reports are now being used to plan improvements in the two buildings.

FaithSPACE has a roof that would be perfect for solar panels, but the building first needs improvements to reach the minimum energy efficiency rating required to benefit from feed in tariff payments. The Southville Centre is putting some of the recommendations from the report in place over the next few months which is fantastic. Other improvements have quite high costs but there are different options being investigated, including fundraising, loans and potential to use the Green Deal.

Watch this space - more to follow in the next couple of weeks.