Update on the Thermal Imaging Camera Project

The Thermal Imaging Camera Project is due to be launched on 24th March 2013. The briefing describes the purpose of the project, who will benefit and how to find out more.

Summary of key messages

Transition Wells supports its local community to become more sustainable in the light of rising energy costs and to take steps to tackle fuel poverty. Through this project the Energy Group aims to support at least 50 households to become more energy efficient in the next 12 months.

Transition Wells has received an Energyshare grant of £2,500 to purchase a thermal imaging camera to help residents identify the main source of heat loss from their homes. A free service including reports, produced by the camera, is available to the residents of Wells.

Transition Wells Energy Group is working in partnership with Enact and Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), who are Green Deal providers, to support residents and businesses in making most of the offers available to improve energy efficiency.

The Transition Wells Energy Group is looking for volunteers to help out with this project. In particular, we are seeking help from supporters of Transition Wells to act as pioneers to: 1) trial the use of the camera on their property, and to provide some initial feedback on the reports provided 2) to help out with publicity materials 3) promotion of the scheme with family, friends and neighbours and 4) to be trained to use the thermal imaging camera and carry out assessments. If you would like to find out more please contact Maddy Milnes newlands9@tiscali.co.uk mobile 07515358413 landline 01749 676486

 

What is the Thermal Imaging Camera Project?

Transition Wells Energy Group has received an Energyshare Grant to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera to support at least 50 households in improving the energy efficiency of their homes and thereby reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The camera, which takes thermal images from the outside of a property, will be used to help the residents to identify the main source of heat loss from their building e.g. through the walls, roof or windows. The reports will enable informed choice about how to maximise the potential to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. Householders will be able to adopt a more targeted approach to improving the energy efficiency of their homes and to also check the effectiveness of measures once installed. This free service is run by volunteers who are trained to use the camera. Any Wells resident may request a thermal image report for their house. If you would like to know more please contact: Maddy Milnes – newlands9@tiscali.co.uk Information will also be available at the next Recycle event at 2-3pm on Sunday 24th March 2013 at Priory Road, Car Park, Wells.

With improved information about the main source of heat loss from their home, residents will be better equipped to consider the offers under the Green Deal.

What is Transition Wells’ involvement in the Green Deal?

Transition Wells Energy Group is working in partnership with Enact and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) who are Green Deal Providers for Somerset, and will support residents and local businesses to make the most of the offers available through their schemes.

What is the Green Deal?

The Green Deal is a government initiative designed to support households and businesses to improve energy efficiency with no ‘up front costs’. Instead householders and businesses pay through the savings on energy bills achieved by installing energy saving measures. The programme is open to homeowners and tenants, although of course tenants will need to obtain permission from their landlords before proceeding.

The Green Deal consists of a property assessment, provision of finance, installation of energy saving measures and an after care service. Solid Wall insulation is one of the measures that may become more affordable through the Green Deal and thus potentially will be of interest to many Wellensians.

By improving the insulation of homes, residents will feel more comfortable and warm, and more confident about paying fuel bills in the face of rising energy costs and it also reduces their risk of developing health problems.

How will Transition Wells benefit from this arrangement?

Contacts made to either Enact or the CSE via Transition Wells which result in works being carried out, will attract referral fees which could be used to help us promote the values of the organisation further.

Useful links regarding the Green Deal

http://greendealpartnership.com/

www.cse.org.uk/downloads/file/advice_leaflet_green_deal.pdf

http://www.superhomes.org.uk/resources/green-deal-offer/

 

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