Bristol Energy Champions
This Bristol Green Capital project created a network of Energy Champions to drive sustainable energy initiatives for Bristol 2015 and beyond. The Energy Champions engaged people, communities and local businesses with saving energy, generating local renewables and tackling fuel poverty.
People (at home or work) are more likely to change their behaviour when they are inspired or encouraged by someone local who they know and trust. Harnessing the power of peer endorsement, this project enabled a wide ranging and diverse group of Bristol volunteers to act on and communicate sustainable energy in their local community.
The project idea evolved from the groups that make up Bristol Energy Network (BEN) and was a collaborative effort between BEN (of which CSE is a member), OVO Energy, Friends of the Earth and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. With the help of start-up funding from Ovo Energy and a Bristol 2015 strategic grant, we trained around100 Energy Champions over the course of the year.
Working in partnership across the city
In collaboration with partner organisations or in their local neighbourhoods, Energy Champions supported a range of local initiatives:
- Taking thermal Images of homes with Easton Energy Group and Ambition Lawrence Weston
- Showing people around energy efficient homes at a Bristol Green Doors event
- Learning how to construct solar panels (and teaching others) with Demand Energy Equality
- Providing advice and support on energy efficiency alongside Talking Money
- Participating in street parties, local events and tea parties
Training for Champions
A training programme was created specifically for the Energy Champions covering a host of sustainable energy topics including low carbon retrofitting, smart meter roll out, affordable warmth and renewable energy.
One of the intentions for Bristol’s year as Green Capital was to create a legacy of sustainable living. The network of trained volunteers will continue to support Bristol’s sustainable energy efforts past 2015, supporting this long term vision.
This project is funded by Bristol Green Capital and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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