"Our aim in the Energy Group is to help establish a more sustainable use and supply of energy in and around Bath, to minimise our contribution to climate change and improve our local resilience in the face of peak oil.
There is so much we can do as a community, from eco-refurbishment of our homes and buildings, to encouraging more sustainable construction of our new buildings, to generating our own energy from renewable and low carbon sources. This will mean working with individuals, community groups, businesses, policy makers and other organisations in Bath, to help turn vision into practical reality.
Come and join our dynamic group of interested individuals and see how you can get involved!"
- Philip Haile, Energy Group Convenor
Energy Group Projects:
Bath Green Homes
Bath Green Homes is community project organised by Transition Bath, BPT and B&NES Council, to inspire and inform the community about how to make our homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run. We organise an Open Homes Weekend each year, so that visitors can see energy efficiency measures in-situ and talk to the people who have made these changes to their home. Bath Green Homes’ third Open Homes Weekend took place on 27th and 28th September, with 700 visits to 18 different locations around the city. To find out more click here.
Renewable Energy: Bath and West Community Energy
We are supporting Bath & West Community Energy to identify opportunities for renewable energy generation in the Bath area which can be financed through community investment - check out BWCE's website and get involved. Would you like to invest, or do you have a community building or land area suitable for renewables? BWCE is the first big success to grow out of Transition Bath's Energy Group and is a wonderful example of what we can achieve together as a community. BWCE has raised over £10,000,000 in community share investments for renewable projects.
LED Halogen lighting replacement project
The halogen lighting replacement project is a brand new project for the energy group and aims to persuade people to switch from using halogen to LED downlights. LED downlights have come of age, not only are they just as bright as halogens but they are now a very cost effective (£1 to £10). Spending as little as £50 replacing your halogens can save £60 per year in electricity bills and potentially saves more CO2 then if you installed triple glazing throughout. We have an innovative try-before-you buy kit available from Bath Central Library. To find out more click here.
Planning and Consultations
We comment on government consultations, B&NES consultations and major planning applications which have the potential to impact the future sustainability of Bath.
To find out more about the consultations and planning applications we have provided feedback on in the past click here. If you are interested in becoming involved or want to discuss any consultations or planning applications please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Transition Bath Schools Energy project has been running for 3 years and aims to reduce the energy consumption of the 75 state schools in the Bath and North East Somerset Area. Schools in Bath spend £3,000,000 on energy each year, 45% of which is out of school hours - something we are helping schools reduce.
We offer energy surveys, advice, sophisticated smart meter analysis and loan out monitoring equipment to parents, governors and school management, and have recently been involved in a professional energy survey of 72 schools in the area. To find out more click here.
Transition Bath’s Thermal Imaging Project aims to help the residents of Bath reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions by providing low cost thermal imaging surveys. We aim to increase the take-up of recommended measures following surveys by providing low cost materials, further advice and neighbourhood draught-busting groups.
We have trained over 50 volunteers to use the camera and provide advice on how to make your homes warmer and reduce your energy bills. Many of the measures we recommend only cost a few pounds each and often payback within a year. To find out more click here
Blower Door/Air Permeability
This is an exciting and brand new project for 2016. We have purchased a blower door which is a large fan which can be used to pressurise a home and determine how leaky it is and make it much easier to find draughts. As far as we know we are the only community group in the UK using a blower door. We would like to use this technology to deliver research identifying the most cost effective way to reduce draughts in existing homes. More information here.
Schools Energy Competition
We have developed an innovative web platform and signposting of teaching resources to teach primary school children about energy and through behavioural change reduce schools' energy consumption. The website uses Smart Meter data and activity based competition between schools to enhance the learning experience. Our aim is not only to reduce energy consumption in schools but to provide pupils with life skills in understanding energy. Further information on the project is provided here.
We are planning on running our first schools' energy competition using the platform in the Autumn of 2017, if you think your school might be interested please contact us, more information on the competition can be found here.