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Greening Horsham. EcoFair press release1 Oct 2011

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Energy prices have risen by 21% since last year…

That’s £244 for the average household! Find practical money saving solutions at the Home & Business energy “Eco Fair” on Saturday 22nd October at County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1XA. 10am ‘til 4pm.

With the current global downturn and spending cuts biting, we are all likely to be feeling the pinch, so Greening Horsham’s Energy Eco fair couldn’t be more timely. There’s a whole raft of initiatives out there to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and see our bills fall, but they can seem pretty confusing. From the very simplest (and free) measures, like closing curtains or blinds at night, draft proofing and insulation, right up to installing solar panels on your roof to generate your own electricity, there are things absolutely EVERYONE can do reduce their bills significantly. While the issues surrounding our dependence on fossil fuels certainly have profound environmental significance, they also affect us much closer to home - literally in our homes!

The Feed-in Tariff for domestic solar PV installations (the money you get for creating your own electricity and selling it back to the National grid) is to be reviewed next April. It is predicted the tariffs will be reduced significantly, so now is certainly the time to consider PV installation. Once installed, the current tariffs are then guaranteed for 25 years!

Whether you are considering any of these projects for your home or business, or just interested to find out more, the Eco Fair will give you the information you need brought all together under one roof. The Eco Fair model has run very successfully in many locations across Sussex and further afield for several years, but it’s over four years since the last event in Horsham. It brings together a number of businesses offering a wide range of schemes - solar PV, insulation, Smart meters, wood burning & biomass boilers etc., industry specialists, and local residents, some of whom have undertaken these initiatives in their own homes. It’s a chance to chat informally (over coffee & cakes!), get the practical information you need to help you decide what scheme might work best for you, as well as how to make it happen. In addition to stalls, exhibitions and real people with real experience on hand to chat to, there will be a programme of speakers all day (programme in advance on our website) covering topics including the “Green Deal”, Solar PV tariffs,
Community energy schemes, Wood fuel heating & LED lighting.

The event will be opened at 10am by Claire Vickers, Chair of Horsham District Council who along with West Sussex County Council is actively supporting the EcoFair. Greening Horsham hopes to build on this event by running other EcoFairs in the future covering a range of environmental topics.

Greening Horsham website www.greeninghorsham.org.uk. Phone 07941 338169

 

News from the Eco Fair

Insulation and Draught-proofing

 


The illustration  above shows the Nottingham ecohome where almost everything that can be done to improve insulation and draught-proofing has been done, and lots of other energy-saving measures put in place too. But we don't need to do it all at once.

Cavity wall and loft insulation can make a big difference to the heat your home loses. Loft insulation can be done as D-I-Y (although you do need to think about any pipes in the loft, and make sure there is enough ventilation to avoid condensation problems). Cavity wall insulation is a bit more tricky and really needs a specialist to do it.

If the walls of your house don't have a cavity then they can still be insulated – and the savings will be even greater – but installing the insulation will be a bit more tricky. Solid walls can be insulated on the inside or on the outside and there are pros and cons for each approach.

Double glazing windows although expensive makes a big difference to the amount of heat that escapes from your home. Draught-proofing windows and doors, filling any gaps in the floorboards and sealing gaps in the skirting will also make a big difference. Insulating under the ground floor is a bit more complicated but also makes a difference.

There are a range of grants and other schemes available to help with insulation and draught-proofing, the Energy Saving Trust has an online database which shows what help is available in our area for different types of insulation and draught-proofing, as well as for heating and renewable energy. Visit their website at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ for more details

Finally, there are those somple things you can do without spending any money at all, things like closing curtains and blinds after dark help keep heat in.