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Saving Energy and Money: SusWoT working with CHEESE

SusWoT have linked up with a local  organisation called CHEESE.

CHEESE will make a video showing the heat loss, using thermal imaging cameras, in your home and give advice on how to improve things.

Mike Andrews of CHEESE came to our Christmas drinks at the Victoria and briefly explained what CHEESE did.  Mike Crabbe and Alex Dunn from SusWoT met Mike to discuss how SusWoT and CHEESE could work together to help people in Westbury on Trym save energy and hence money.

The first stage of this collaboration will be two open meetings at the Victoria, Chock Lane on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March at 8pm.  You are invited to come to either or both of these meetings.

At the meeting on 23 February Mike Andrews and a colleague will be showing off the equipment they use to show where properties lose heat and explaining how the survey process works.  There is a link to a video of this process below.

At the meeting on 2 March SusWoT will explain to SusWotters how the process survey works and discuss how SusWoT can promote the surveys and develop a plan for energy saving work to be organised.  Mike Andrews wont be at this meeting but we hope a representative of CHEESE will be there.

At both meetings you will be able to sign up for a survey.  You can also sign up to have the survey through the Cheese website .

Cheese would like to sign up 10 people to have a survey on their home.  These surveys need to take place before Easter 2017, as after that it will be too warm to do a survey effectively.  So far one person from the Christmas meeting has already booked a survey.
Video of the Survey Process:  (Password is cheese)

This video is quite old 2015 and more modern kit is being used now, but it does give an excellent idea of how the survey works.

I think this project offers us a great opportunity to help Westbury households reduce their energy consumption so saving money in a practical doable way.

If you are unable to come to the meetings you can signup for a survey here.

December edition of Suswot Quarterly published

The December 2011 suswot newsletter is now available.

Reducing your energy bill

Advice for householders in Westbury

The certainties in this world used to be death and taxes but unfortunately we are now experiencing a third – the ever increasing cost of energy.  In association with the Parish Church, we are taking advantage of a professional energy advice service offered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) based in Bedminster. This CSE advisory service is part of a national initiative to help as many people as possible to reduce their costs of energy.

The advice ranges over many issues – not just loft and cavity wall insulation. The CSE can help householders understand their fuel bills and use their heating controls correctly as well as giving advice on switching energy suppliers and/or finding a cheaper tariff. They will highlight the benefits of low energy lighting and appliances such as washing machines and fridges that use less electricity. If damp and condensation is a problem, again advice is available.

Following the changes in the economics of installing solar panels and the Feed-in-Tariff, there will be an opportunity to explore the costs and benefits under the new arrangements.

Sometimes a simple piece of advice can have huge impact. For example, explaining to an elderly and isolated person how to control their heating system properly helps them steer a course between high fuel bills on the one hand and risks of hypothermia on the other.

In Westbury College on Saturday 28 January 10.30 to 2.00

Price £4.00, including a light lunch, payable on the day
To reserve a place contact
Keith Yeandel : 07881951194
Tracy Tainton:

Bristol Green Doors Solar Saturday 11th June

On Saturday 11th June it will be possible to visit homes in Bristol which are using solar energy.  Some of the properties are in or close to Westbury on Trym.  For a list and details on how to book a visit go to the Green Doors website.

Red Squirrel Day Sat 18th June

Meet us at Westbury on Trym Primary School “Red Squirrel Day” Saturday 18th June 1-4pm.  This is the school’s summer fete.   We will have information on saving energy and SusWot projects but more importantly some fun activities.

SusWot Energy Project Meeting

Some of our SusWot members have been busy in the background analysing the energy consumption of Westbury on Trym from official published data.  This is the first step in plans to see whether as a community we can reduce the Wetsbury’s carbon footprint.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this project you are invited to a meeting to examine the data and discuss how we are to proceed.

The meeting is on Tuesday 24th May at 7.30 pm at 19 Eastfield W-o-T.