Projects in a box

Everything you need to run a local energy project...in a box!

CSE's communities team has developed the concept of 'community-energy Projects in a Box’ to help community groups run energy-focussed initiatives in their neighbourhood. All the materials and guidance are provided – literally in a box.

'Projects in a Box' take the hard work out of the planning and preparation. All the projects are designed for community level delivery and can be run by individuals who are not necessarily experts in the field, to achieve effective local engagement and low carbon impact.

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.

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

  1. Draught proofing workshop: demonstrate and discuss draught proofing measures 
  2. Lightbulb swap: encourage people to replace their traditional bulbs with low energy equivalents
  3. Energy audit of a community building: assess current energy use and identify energy saving improvements
  4. Providing energy advice in your communitya drop-in service that offers energy advice to the community
  5. Improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes in your community: make energy smart changes that are senstitive to the style and fabric of the building
  6. Green Open Homesan event for visitors to see and discuss low carbon home improvements

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What's in the boxes?
Each box contains the stuff you'll need to make a success of the project

  • Guidance: A set of instructions explaining exactly what is inside and providing comprehensive advice on how to use the resources. Depending on the box, you will also find things like time plans, top tips, checklists, video guides and case studies.
  • Resources: All the materials and equipment you need to run the project, which could include demonstration materials and samples, information sheets, presentations or prompts for talks, surveys, games and giveaways.
  • Promotional materials: General guidance on how to engage people together with posters and flyers, template press releases and material for newsletters, websites and other media.
  • Evaluation support: Notes on how to measure impact, plus template feedback forms and questionnaires for relevant projects.

In some cases additional support can be provided  useful for groups with little experience or those keen to improve their knowledge and expertise.

Costings
The costs are as follows. Ask us about options for reducing costs and/or adding extra support for the boxes marked with an asterisk. There are a small number of trial boxes available to loan.

  • Draught-proofing workshop (guidance materials and A3 presentation folder), £100 (with materials to give away to 40 participants, £850)
  • Community lightbulb swap and lightbulbs for swapping, £300*
  • Energy audit for your community building (full guidance plus materials to do your own audit), £250 (with technical support and report write up, £500)
  • Providing energy advice, £600*
  • Improving energy efficiency of traditional homes in your community, £300 (with 50 USBs with electronic copies of the guidance, £500)
  • Green Open Homes, £100*

Order your box(es) using the form below, or email us at communities@cse.org.uk

For further information contact:

Bridget Newbery | 0117 934 1413

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