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Over the past few years we have developed a range of websites and on-line resources for both professionals and the general public. Some of these sites are now closed, and the link will (should?!) take you to an archived site or a description of the project elsewhere on this website

Links to CSE project sites

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www.lessismore.org.uk

Less is More is a pilot project exploring a new approach to energy demand management. You can read the project profile here. A notable feature of this site is the graphs showing minute-by-minute electricity usage from substations in the Western Power Distribution network.

www.lessismore.org.uk

The communities ‘attached’ to these substations are being encouraged to consider their electricity use and find ways to reduce it and/or shift their electricity use to off-peak times. An incentive is on offer – up to £5,000 to improve each neighbourhood; the less electricity the community uses (especially at peak times), the more funding they can earn. The website was the first to be built in-house by CSE's own programmers. 

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www.greenopenhomes.net

A national network for low carbon open homes events

www.greenopenhomes.net

The online hub will support existing open homes initiatives and help new ones get off the ground. GreenOpenHomes.net acts as a national, searchable directory of open homes events, and any group can submit their event’s details. Organisers can also create their own event pages on the site so that they don’t need to set up their own website.

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www.cse.org.uk/loveyourhome

This is CSE's Home Energy Advice website, launched in 2013 and designed for the general public.

www.cse.org.uk/loveyourhome

Contains pages on all aspects of saving energy in the home, plus the popular 'tip-house', sections on grants available in Bristol and Somerset and renewable energy

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The Source

This is a CSE initiative to share the resources we've found most useful to support communities taking action on energy. You can browse and download for free.

The Source

If you are involved in a community energy project – or looking to start one – then this site is designed for you.

The Source highlights our favourite resources – from reports to videos – produced specifically to help and inspire community energy projects across renewables, energy efficiency, demand reduction and fuel poverty.

Everything here has been tried and tested by us. And we’ve been selective; only our favourites are featured on The Source.

Launched June 2012.

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OurGreenDeal.net

OurGreenDeal seeks to help homeowners in Somerset who wish to improve their homes, make their heating more affordable and cut carbon emissions

OurGreenDeal.net

Householders can search for and rate a Green Deal Assessor or Installer. People who have had a Green Deal Assessment or had energy saving improvements installed can write about their experience for the benefit of other local people. The site's mapping function allows householders to search for case studies and reviews from people with houses and aims similar to their own.

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The National Heat Map

The National Heat Map is a web-based tool to support low-carbon energy projects, produced by CSE for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The National Heat Map

Launched in March 2012, the National Heat Map is a free and publicly accessible resource providing high-resolution maps of heat demand across England.

It aims to help local authorities, community groups and other users identify locations where heat distribution projects are most likely to make a difference – by cutting carbon emissions and reducing heating costs.

Read more about this project here.

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www.planlocal.org.uk

PlanLoCaL (‘Planning for Low Carbon Living') is a three-year programme devised by CSE and designed to encourage greater public engagement with the planning process.

www.planlocal.org.uk

At the heart of this large project, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, is the recognition that, for communities to identify, plan for, and implement the best low-carbon solutions for their local area, they need various strands of support.

PlanLoCaL is a suite of resources including films, a resource pack and this website. Together they to support communities and groups that are 'planning for low-carbon living'.

The website was designed by 375, and went live in February 2011.

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Bristol Switch & Save

 Bristol Switch & Save was a collective switching scheme that we ran in 2013, aiming to negotiate a better energy deal for Bristol households, and encourage as many residents as possible to switch to a better deal.

Bristol Switch & Save

Bristol Switch & Save was a collective switching scheme that we ran in 2013, aiming to negotiate a better energy deal for Bristol households, and encourage as many residents as possible to switch to a better deal.

People could 'join in' through a simple form on the website, or by phoning our dedicated freephone line. 1,242 people switched supplier or tariff as a result of the scheme.

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www.100ideashouse.com

Making energy saving aspirational, the 100 Ideas House was one of CSE's most innovative and exciting projects. [This website is live, but no longer being updated.]

www.100ideashouse.com

The 100 Ideas House is a life-size kitchen and living-room installation that shows how small energy-saving measures can be fitted into a normal and aspirational modern lifestyle. The website includes all the ideas, half of which were suggested by the public who visited the 100 Ideas House when it was on display in two Bristol shopping centres.

The project, including the accompanying website, was funded by Defra. Read the project profile here.

The website, which was designed by 375, went live in 2007 and is still on-line but not being updated.

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www.planningrenewables.org.uk

This website was closed in 2013, but a version is viewable on the UK web archive here. It provided a wealth of information and resources to aid the decision-making of planners and councillors when faced with large and small-scale renewable energy developments.

 

www.planningrenewables.org.uk

The website was developed by CSE and arose out of feedback from more than 1,000 attendees to an on-going series of workshops on renewable energy for councillors and planning officers.

Launched in 2009, it was funded by the DTI (now DECC).

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