In an initiative to see how much energy is wasted in Shipston as a whole and propose ways of becoming more energy efficient the Town Council is backing a bid by Transition Shipston for grant money to pay for a “Shipston Area Energy Study”.
The aim of the study is to find out what can be done to reduce the energy use of both commercial and domestic properties in the town and to suggest what renewable technologies, such as solar power, can be used to lessen our reliance on imported sources of fuel. Once the study is complete it is hoped that homes and businesses will be able to get more grants to carry out some of the measures suggested in the study.
If you would like help with saving energy in your home the new Shipston “Energy Champions” may be able to help. Six Transition Shipston supporters have recently been trained as “Energy Champion” volunteers to give free advice to householders.
The home energy check carried out by the Energy Champions only takes around half an hour. During this time they will ask the householder a checklist of questions about insulation levels and energy use in the home and give initial advice on how to save energy and cut fuel bills.
For more information about how to book a home energy check contact: Dave Passingham on 01608 661816 or 07973 846605.
For further more technical information and advice the Energy Champions will refer householders to Act on Energy's free advice line on 0800 988 2881. It's worth getting their advice if you think you might qualify for free or subsidised help, as grant systems can change from time to time.