Saturday 24th September, Wetherby Town Hall, 10am to 3pm. Everyone welcome.
Energy costs have increased dramatically in recent months. There will be a further steep rise in October and a forecast that energy prices will surge again in early 2023. With petrol and diesel prices at record levels, inflation at its highest for many years and a cost of living crisis, it is important that every effort is made to conserve energy and keep costs manageable.
To help local people cope with the energy crisis, the Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Community Green Group is organising a free public event to provide advice, information and practical ways to minimise the impact on already strained household budgets and assist in making savings on energy bills.
10.00am Formal opening by Wetherby Town Mayor, Councillor Neil O’Byrne
10.15 -10.30 Taps, Tanks, Toilets, a Wetherby based business trading for over 30 years specialising in home maintenance, will share some simple quick, energy saving wins.
10.40 - 10.55 Groundwork’s Green Doctors help UK residents stay warm, stay well, and save money on household bills. They’ll be explaining why retrofit and what steps to follow.
10.55 - 11.15 COFFEE BREAK (refreshments will be available throughout the day).
11.15 - 11.30 Green Building Renewables, based in York with over 20 years’ experience of installing low carbon and renewable technologies, will talk about Solar PV & batteries.
11.40 - 11.55 The Renewable Energy Enterprise Ltd are experts in low carbon technologies and will introduce us to the world of Heat Pumps.
12.05 - 12.20 Better Homes Leeds is a joint programme with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, created to help residents across Leeds pay less for energy and live in healthier, warmer homes. They’ll be talking about the Household Support Fund, Boiler Upgrade Scheme and other grants.
12.30 - 13.00 Open Public Forum for questions to the experts.
10am - 3pm Exhibitors.
Entry is free. Children’s activities will be run throughout the event.
WIN free retrofit assessment worth £200 and many more prizes with our TOMBOLA.
Penny Stables, Founder and Chair of the Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Community Green Group said, “With the combined effect of the energy crisis, and the highest inflation for decades, each and every one of us are feeling anxious and worried about paying our bills. Many people will struggle to pay, so this event has been designed to provide useful information on ways to reduce energy use, keep homes warm this winter and provide advice on investing in low carbon solutions, for bigger savings.”
The event is also supported by Wetherby Town Council, Leeds City Council Wetherby Ward Councillors and Friends of the Earth.
Councillor Connor Mulhall, Chair of Wetherby Town Council Climate Emergency Working Group, said, “The massive increase in energy prices over the past few months and the forecast of further huge increases to come in 2023 are affecting all households and businesses. It is deeply worrying especially as we enter the winter months when heating bills rise. The Energy Fair will highlight a range of practical steps and measures that we can all take to keep our energy use and bills as low as possible. I encourage people to come along.”
The event is taking place as part of Great Big Green Week and the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, starting on 7th November.
If you would like more information with regard future energy saving events, low carbon technology and more, please sign up below:
Cost of Living Support
For more information on current grants, funding and useful links:
- All households will get a non-repayable £400 grant to help towards the cost of energy bills from October, spread over six months.
- An additional one-off payment of £650 for those on certain means-tested benefits.
- A one-off £300 top-up for pensioners who receive winter fuel payments.
- A one-off £150 payment for those on certain non-means-tested disability benefits.
- All the payments, will be paid to you automatically – you don't need to actively opt in or take action to qualify. Beware of scammers trying to take advantage.
- An extra £500 million to be paid into the 'Household Support Fund’ - check LCC for support.
- All the big energy firms also offer schemes and grants to help with your energy costs, to replace faulty or old boilers and to make your home more energy-efficient (Energy Company Obligation).
- Installations of energy saving materials only, are VAT free until 2027, if bought through an installer (sadly, not if you like your DIY).
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
- Government scheme to support the decarbonisation of homes and small non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.
- £5,000 towards the cost and installation of an air source heat pump (or a biomass boiler, in rural locations that are not connected to the gas grid).
- £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump.
- use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer who will apply for the grant on your behalf and then redeem upon completion.
- You need a valid energy performance certificate with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
- Only properties which are fully replacing an existing fossil fuel system.
- Find out more at simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Educate, Insulate, Generate
- To improve energy efficiency, take a ‘whole house and fabric first’ approach.
- This considers the building fabric, services, who lives in it, lifestyles, budgets, your needs and the surrounding environment:
- Sees the home as a system with interacting elements
- Not just about energy saving; connected issues such as damp and ventilation
- Look at maintenance and repairs first
- Helps to decide the order in which to carry out improvements
- Helps to identify potential problems which could result from retrofit
- Check your EPC rating.
- Get a retrofit assessment.
- Get quotes for any low carbon solutions to ensure best value.
- Financial support at Energy Savings Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk)
- Your retrofit journey; where to start (retrofit.coop)
- Carbon Co-op YouTube channel for Community retrofit stories
- Blog insulatingmyhouse.wordpress.com
- Downloadable solar/heat pump factsheets and more from Centre for Renewable Energy (cse.org.uk)
- Martin Lewis (moneysavingexpert.com) - ‘heat the human not the home’
- Support from Groundwork Green Doctor and Home Plus (Leeds)
- Advice from National Energy Action (nea.org.uk)
- National Insulation Assoc. (nia-uk.org/find-an-installer)
- Find a Trustmark Trader (trustmark.org.uk)
Lots more information to follow.