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    • Cost Savings with Energy Efficiency
      If there’s one thing guaranteed to motivate us to be energy efficient, it’s seeing our bills getting smaller – so what are the real savings we can expect to make?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Eco Friendly Insulation Materials
      Everyone knows how important it is to have good insulation if you want to save energy; today’s eco friendly materials mean you can – without costing the earth!...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Five 'Must-Have' Devices Guaranteed to Help Save Energy
      We all like a good gadget - and here are five of the best that are guaranteed to help just about everyone save energy....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Five Steps to a Low Energy Christmas
      Having a low energy Christmas calls for careful preparation; here’s our five step plan to help you have a great time, without sending the meter spinning like a top....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • General Energy Saving Tips
      Energy saving is something everyone can do, but when whole communities get involved, the benefits can be enormous; with the right approach there are plenty of savings…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Insulating Water Pipes and Tanks
      There are few quicker or simpler steps you can take to start saving energy than insulating your tanks and water pipes – and the pay-back is surprisingly quick....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Low Carbon Buildings Programme
      Going carbon neutral certainly doesn’t come cheap, but through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, householders can apply for a grant to cover a big part of the costs…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Saving Energy in the Garden
      There’s nowhere near the scope to cut energy usage in the garden as there is in the rest of the home, but there are still ways to make some savings....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -
    • Understanding Energy Rating Labels
      Energy rating labels give you vital information about a product’s performance and efficiency; if you understand the label, making the right choice could hardly be…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 16 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:29pm -

    Energy Audits

    Getting started

    Self Help Ideas

    • Community Transport Sharing Projects
      Transport accounts for a significant proportion of everyone’s energy use and carbon footprint; community transport sharing offers a way to address these problems and…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Identifying Where You Can Save Energy
      Saving energy all comes down to improving our energy awareness, identifying how we use it, where we waste it and seeing how we can reduce both....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Involve Local Schools in Energy Projects
      School children are natural advocates for energy projects, so involving local schools in community initiatives can prove very rewarding for all concerned....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Set Up a Community Swap Shop
      A community swap shop can offer the ideal solution to the problem of items that cannot be recycled conventionally, but are just too good to throw away....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Work With Local Shops to Conserve Energy
      Local shops are the lifeblood of many a community and working with them can provide a number of ways to promote the benefits of saving energy....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Work With Other Community Groups
      Working with other community groups is a good way to extend the influence of your local energy scheme and can bring worthwhile benefits on all sides....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    The Simple things

    Energy Tips

    • Five Small Energy Changes That Bring Big Results
      Want to save energy? Here are five small and easy to do steps that cost little or nothing to get you off to a good start....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Five Ways to Save Energy in the Kitchen
      Five low-cost and little known tips to add into your overall energy strategy which should help you make a few easy savings while you cook....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Top Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint
      We all know about saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint but what can we do - simply and without having to spend a fortune - that will make a difference?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Top Tips for Lower Impact Transport
      Transport accounts for a third of all the energy used in the UK, so trying to reduce our own contribution to that total has got to be a good idea....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    Working as a Community

    Self Help Ideas (2)

    • Community Transport Sharing Projects
      Transport accounts for a significant proportion of everyone’s energy use and carbon footprint; community transport sharing offers a way to address these problems and…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Identifying Where You Can Save Energy
      Saving energy all comes down to improving our energy awareness, identifying how we use it, where we waste it and seeing how we can reduce both....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Involve Local Schools in Energy Projects
      School children are natural advocates for energy projects, so involving local schools in community initiatives can prove very rewarding for all concerned....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Set Up a Community Swap Shop
      A community swap shop can offer the ideal solution to the problem of items that cannot be recycled conventionally, but are just too good to throw away....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Work With Local Shops to Conserve Energy
      Local shops are the lifeblood of many a community and working with them can provide a number of ways to promote the benefits of saving energy....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Work With Other Community Groups
      Working with other community groups is a good way to extend the influence of your local energy scheme and can bring worthwhile benefits on all sides....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -

    Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

    Interesting Advice

    Community Projects

    • Appoint Local Energy Champions
      Local energy champions can play an invaluable role in promoting energy saving within the community; who makes an energy champion, what’s involved in the role and what…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Balancing The Community Carbon Footprint
      When it comes to balancing a community’s carbon footprint, energy efficiency can hold the key and it goes far beyond simply changing light bulbs and replacing old…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Community Benefits of Energy Efficiency
      Energy efficiency brings a wide range of benefits to a community, although the biggest gains are not necessarily the most obvious ones....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Community Energy Networks
      Being part of a community energy network can bring a range of benefits; there’s nothing like some mutual support, especially if your project is fairly small or…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Energy Efficiency at Community Events
      Community events are a golden opportunity to raise the profile of energy efficiency; with a bit of thought, getting the message across can be simple, informative and fun....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Energy Efficient Community Gardens
      Community gardens are a valuable resource for everyone; by incorporating energy efficient technologies they can also become an ideal practical showcase for a range of…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Host an Energy Fair
      Organising an energy fair is a great way to get your message across; although it’s fairly time consuming to do, the benefits can definitely make it worthwhile....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Keeping a Community Energy Diary
      An energy diary is a simple but effective way of recording community achievements and can be the perfect starter project to help any new group get off the ground....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Make Community Venues Energy Efficient
      Community buildings make valuable showcases of what can be achieved with energy efficiency and can often inspire people to try something similar in their own homes....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Set Up a Local Energy Forum
      Setting up a local energy forum is easier than you might think – but the key to establishing a really successful one is getting the balance of people right....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    Interesting little nuggets

    Facts & Trivia

    • Composting: What You Might Not Know
      There’s nothing new about making compost, but for a successful community composting scheme, knowing some of the less well known ‘tricks of the trade’ can only help....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Fascinating Solar Facts
      Solar power has a surprisingly long history; here’s a very quick peek into some of the fascinating facts from its past, present and future....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • How Hydro Electric Power Works
      Water power in one form or another has been helping to meet Britain's energy needs for centuries. The idea's a familiar one, but how does today’s version - hydro…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Interesting Information About Biomass Fuels
      With interest in biomass fuels growing, it’s worth looking at their particular benefits and how they compare with other energy sources to see why they have so much to…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • The Energy Cost of Christmas
      There are many elements which contribute to the overall energy cost of Christmas, and not all of them are as obvious as the additional cooking to be done....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • The Facts About Light Bulbs
      We all know that we ought to be replacing our conventional light bulbs with low energy ones, but it makes a lot more sense when you know why!...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • The Real Cost of Food
      We all know about food - or do we? The truth is that most of us haven’t a clue about the real cost of what we put on our plates....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Understand Fossil Fuels
      Understanding why fossil fuels are cast as the villains of the environmental piece calls for a journey 300 million years into the past - and a quick bit of simple…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Understanding Embedded Energy
      The embedded energy idea is a simple one, and can be a helpful way to compare different materials, but it calls for a little understanding of what it’s all about....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Understanding Fuel Cells
      Fuel cells have a bit of a high-tech reputation, but they’re not quite as modern an idea as you might image and understanding them is easier than you’d think....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • What You Didn't Know About Batteries
      Almost all off-grid electrical systems use lead acid batteries - but these essential components are often overlooked; knowing more about them can help you understand…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • What You Might Not Know About Energy and Poo!
      Sewage, manure, dung - probably not the first thing you think of when you hear the word 'energy', but as disturbing as it may sound, poo is power!...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    More Worthy Advice

    Getting Organised

    • Appoint Local Energy Champions
      Local energy champions can play an invaluable role in promoting energy saving within the community; who makes an energy champion, what’s involved in the role and what…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Balancing The Community Carbon Footprint
      When it comes to balancing a community’s carbon footprint, energy efficiency can hold the key and it goes far beyond simply changing light bulbs and replacing old…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Community Benefits of Energy Efficiency
      Energy efficiency brings a wide range of benefits to a community, although the biggest gains are not necessarily the most obvious ones....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Community Energy Networks
      Being part of a community energy network can bring a range of benefits; there’s nothing like some mutual support, especially if your project is fairly small or…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Energy Efficiency at Community Events
      Community events are a golden opportunity to raise the profile of energy efficiency; with a bit of thought, getting the message across can be simple, informative and fun....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Energy Efficient Community Gardens
      Community gardens are a valuable resource for everyone; by incorporating energy efficient technologies they can also become an ideal practical showcase for a range of…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Host an Energy Fair
      Organising an energy fair is a great way to get your message across; although it’s fairly time consuming to do, the benefits can definitely make it worthwhile....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Keeping a Community Energy Diary
      An energy diary is a simple but effective way of recording community achievements and can be the perfect starter project to help any new group get off the ground....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Make Community Venues Energy Efficient
      Community buildings make valuable showcases of what can be achieved with energy efficiency and can often inspire people to try something similar in their own homes....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Set Up a Local Energy Forum
      Setting up a local energy forum is easier than you might think – but the key to establishing a really successful one is getting the balance of people right....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -

    Community Forest - Biomass Energy

    Worth a Look

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Car Sharing Schemes
      The co-operative nature of car sharing makes it an ideal first project for a community to tackle as a group and getting started could hardly be easier....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Carbon Footprint FAQ
      Saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint really are two sides of the same coin; what can we do to make sure we try to achieve both?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Finding an Installer FAQ
      With so much interest in renewable energy and microgeneration, how do you find an installer and ensure that you’re not about to hire the biggest cowboy under the sun?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Grants and Funding FAQ
      What grants are there to help fund energy saving projects, what kind of projects will they fund and how do you go about finding out what’s available in your area?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Green Energy in the Greenhouse
      How one couple brought green energy into their off-grid greenhouse, and successfully overcame the challenges posed by a lack of mains services to their garden....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Insulation Facts & Trivia
      If you're bored to death with all the usual stuff about insulation, then this collection of odd facts, quick snippets and useful trivia is definitely for you!...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Insulation FAQ
      Where do the main heat losses come from in a house - and how can we reduce them? Using insulation to save energy, cut bills and slash your carbon footprint....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Low Energy Appliance FAQ
      Why are low energy appliances important, how can you be sure you buy the best and what sort of savings will they really bring?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Reducing Fuel Bills FAQ
      We’d all like to cut our fuel bills, but are energy efficient appliances really worthwhile, how much will insulation save us and aren’t there any cheaper ways to get…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Simple Energy Saving FAQ
      There are lots of simple, low cost ways to help you begin saving energy; making a few small changes can really get you off to a good start....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Solar Energy Facts & Trivia
      There's a lot more to solar energy than simply heating your water as this collection of fascinating fast facts and Sun-related trivia makes clear....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Solar Energy FAQ
      How do you know if your home is suitable for solar energy, what about planning, how much will it cost and how big an energy saving can it really make?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • The Facts About Wind Power
      Wind power often divides opinion, especially when it comes to discussing building new wind farms; we present a few of the pros and cons and invite you to decide....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Wind Energy FAQ
      Is my home suitable for wind energy, what about planning, how much will a turbine cost, is it noisy and how much energy can it really generate?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Wood Burning and Environmental Impact: Facts
      Utilising any energy source - however essentially renewable it may be - inevitably has some kind of environmental impact and wood burning is no exception....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Wood-burning FAQ
      Is wood burning suitable for my home, how much will it cost to install and run, what sort of fuel do I need, and will it really save me money?...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    Things to Consider

    Quick Questionaires?

    • Is Your Community Travel Energy Aware?
      Changing travel habits can have a major effect on any community's overall energy consumption, so is yours travel energy aware? Here's a simple quiz to help you decide....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Questionnaire: Identify the Scope for Community Energy Projects
      Where is the scope for energy projects in your community and what sort of schemes are likely to be the most successful? Here’s a questionnaire to help you decide....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Quiz: Are You an Electricity Expert?
      Can you tell your kilowatt hours from your carbon equivalence, or do you struggle to wire a plug? Test your knowledge of all things electrical with this quick quiz....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Renewable Energy?
      Wind, wave, solar or biomass: everyone's talking about the benefits of renewable energy but how much do you really know about it? Test your knowledge with our quick quiz....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Quiz: How Much of an Energy Expert Are You?
      Are you a bit of an energy expert, or do you find it all a bit confusing? Take our quick quiz and see how much you know....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • What Sort of an Energy Community Are You?
      What’s driving your community to save energy? Are you economic, ethical or environmental energy savers, or a mix of all three? This quick questionnaire will help you…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    Really Worth a Good Look

    Case Studies

    • A Community Fuelled by Wastewater Gas: Case Study
      Two hundred households in Oxfordshire have recently become the first community in Britain to get a new form of renewable gas – made from their own sewage....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Britain's First Biofuel Buses: Case Study
      Britain's first - and very successful - biofuel bus initiative has fired the imagination of the travelling public in Kilmarnock and now the idea seems to be spreading…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Building a Solar Shed: Case Study
      How one man's search for the perfect solar light for his shed snowballed into a community project when the local allotment holders saw the potential that could be…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Cutting Bills With an Energy Audit: Case Study
      How an energy audit and the credit crunch helped one disappointed would-be seller come to terms with staying put and slashing her energy bills....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Going Solar on a Budget: A Case Study
      Installing conventional solar systems can be expensive; how one man harnessed the sun’s energy for under £25 - and mostly using recycled materials into the bargain!...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Green Energy in Nayland: Case Study
      How one man's inspiration led to a project to install the UK’s first community funded solar PV array - currently the biggest of its kind on any British primary school....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • I Saved Energy With Gadgets & Gizmos: A Case Study
      Energy saving gadgets can be great fun, and as one student discovered, they’re addictive too; how a self-confessed 'gizmo girl' got started collecting her low energy…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Turning Homes Into Mini Power Stations: Case Study
      Conventional solar generation can be expensive; now a new £20 million project aims to turn homes, schools and other buildings into affordable, self-generating power…...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -
    • Whitehills Community Wind Power: A Case Study
      Poised on Scotland’s north east coast, this commercial wind farm generates 14MW of clean electricity and provides some real benefits to the local community that hosts it....-- Delivered by Feed43 service
      - 5 days ago 16 Jun 19, 7:54am -

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