Residential course aims to help you improve your home

CSE course is part of national community training series

2 August 2011

CSE has teamed up with the National Communities Resource Centre (NCRC) to offer a three-day course next month, aimed at helping tenants and homeowners take action to reduce their energy use.

Taking place at Trafford Hall in Chester, CSE will be running  the residential course as part of NCRC’s ‘Community Futures’ training series, which covers a wide range of community-based courses for volunteers, including: Opportunities to influence your landlord; Running social events; Starting organic gardening; and Developing tenant leaders.

The CSE course, which runs from 09.00 on Monday 5 September, through to 15.30 on Wednesday 7 September, is entitled ‘Improving Your Home to Reduce Your Energy Use’ and covers a whole host of relevant topics, including:

  • Understanding how heat is lost from the home
  • Practical ways to tackle heat loss in draughty homes
  • Options for insulating the home
  • Lighting and appliances
  • How to use heating systems and programmers
  • Understanding energy meters, tariffs and bills
  • Issues for tenants and landlords
  • Organising a community retrofit project, including funding and further support and developing an action plan to take home
  • Bitesize introductions to tackling condensation and options for renewable energy

As part of the course, participants will have the opportunity to complete a practical energy audit of Trafford Hall, explore case studies of effective existing projects and visit a local social landlord project. Here they’ll be able to see where substantial improvements have been made to help residents save energy, carbon and money.

Open to all householders or groups, the course costs £50 and preference will be given to small groups when prioritising places.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Trafford Hall directly to book a place. Alternatively, check out the Trafford Hall brochure to find out more about the CSE course – see page 18 of this PDF.

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