Free community energy resources

14 February 2018

Our successful 'Project in a Box' boxes are back - and we're giving them away for free. Project in a Box takes the hard work out of planning local energy projects and enables you to get going on an idea without being an expert in the field.

Some of the projects can be delivered in a day and don’t require much experience, while others are longer-term projects that might be delivered over the course of several months or a year and would be ideal for more experienced groups seeking something to get their teeth into. Each box contains all the stuff you'll need to make a success of the project, including instructions, templates, physical resources and promotional materials.

At the moment we have six 'projects in a box':

  • Draught proofing workshop: demonstrate and discuss draught proofing measures (including draught proofing materials for use in the home to give away)
  • Lightbulb swap: encourage people to replace their traditional bulbs with low energy equivalents (including low energy lightbulbs to give out)
  • Energy audit of a community building: assess current energy use and identify energy saving improvements (includes energy monitor and template report)
  • Providing energy advice in your community: a drop-in service that offers energy advice to the community (includes variety of kit to aid with public events and engagement)
  • Improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes in your community: make energy smart changes that are sensitive to the style and fabric of the building (includes audit templates and specialist resources for heritage properties)
  • Green Open Homes: an event for visitors to see and discuss low carbon home improvements (includes guidance and goodies for running your own event)

In exchange for a free box we will ask for some feedback from you about the resources so we can report back to our funders, some photos of your project in action which can be used in publicity, and some basic monitoring and evaluation data so that we can assess the effectiveness of this approach.

For further information email Bridget Newbery: outlining the project(s) you are interested in, the number of people you intend to engage with, your timeframes, your group or organisation’s name and the area you cover (or plan to cover).

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