Eco-Renovation is a term used to describe work carried out to reduce the energy wasted in the existing housing stock. Much has been made in the press about new build eco-houses. However even assuming a large number of existing houses are replaced it is projected that the existing housing stock will still form the bulk of housing in 2050. With energy prices likely to rise, there may be a need to reduce costs, as well as CO2 levels to combat global warming.
Experience in the village with the thermal imaging project, and also attendance at open days of eco-renovated houses indicates that there is much interest. However only a small number of people then carry on and make improvements to their homes. Oxford Climate Exchange, which is part of the University of Oxford, felt that in many cases lack of information and support prevented many people converting their interest into action. The solution they came up with is the Eco-Renovators Club.
The way the club works, in this scheme, is that local groups such as Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Environment Group, or Sustainable Wallingford, have eco-renovation coordinators. Each coordinator manages up to ten houses. At present I am the only coordinator for Brightwell, but more will be recruited as needed. Whilst myself, and other coordinators, will have received training on energy reduction and local energy generation, we are not experts. However via the club we have access to expertise.
As a householder you have the opportunity to join the club.
The benefits include:
- One to-one assessment of your current energy consumption, identifying quick wins, and medium term opportunities for eco-renovation
- Loan of energy monitors and low energy light bulb libraries.
- Regular updates about events, offers, grants, workshops, services and resources
Please contact me for further information by phone, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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