One of the most important ways to reduce our energy use and cut carbon is to start with our own homes. We can save fuel (and money) by simple measures such as draught proofing windows and doors and setting our boilers correctly. We can also use energy meters to monitor how much we use and try and cut our consumption. To make our houses truly sustainable we can also insulate and install renewable energy.
The best way to learn how use less energy, is together, so this year our energy group, coordinated by Pamela Edwards and Prashant Vaze are embarking on a new project and a series of workshops and events, aimed at helping us to learn new skills, save energy and cut down on our fuel bills.
Home energy metering project – This will provide us with a year-long framework with monthly meetings on home energy saving – We will link practical action on home energy saving, and grow the activities throughout the year.
Read more about the Home Energy Metering Challenge
Last autumn we ran our first home draught busting workshop and learnt how to simply and cheaply insulate our windows and doors. We hope to repeat this in 2013. We’re also planning skill-sharing sessions on ‘low carbon cookery’, spring eco-improvements, best eco-rated appliances in summer sales, and winter-proofing your home.