Here is the list of community groups working to improve energy efficiency.

What can communities do about energy efficiency?

Communities are well-placed to address some aspects of home energy efficiency that commercial and government agencies find very difficult:

  • Identifying people in greatest need of help
  • Gaining access to people’s homes to provide advice
  • Building trusted relationships to support an understanding of personal and household energy use and behaviour change.

Communities can have strong local connections, which puts them in a good position to influence uptake of energy efficiency measures and behaviour change. They can also add value to large-scale schemes seeking to install energy saving measures such as insulation.


Projects

Re-energising Middlesbrough

Re-energising Middlesbrough is a Northern Powergrid Community Foundation funded project. The aim of the scheme is to provide feasibility studies to look at renewable energy options for six community buildings within Middlesbrough.

The Montessori Place Primary School, Uckfield

Annan Court in Uckfield is undergoing a gradual refurbishment by The Montessori Place in order to be used as a school. The site is set in beautiful protected woodland near farmland and is believed to have the largest walled garden ...

Saving energy in Greenmoor

The Lidget Green and Scholemoor areas of Bradford comprise the Greenmoor Big Local area - it is designated a Big Local area due to high levels of deprivation. We have been running a year long community energy saving project in ...

Energy Alton

In 2015 Eggar’s School, Amery Hill School, both secondary Academies and Alton Sixth form College were approached by Energy Alton offering to put solar panels on the three sites at no cost to the schools and the College. The capital ...

Local Energy Scotland

Local Energy Scotland is a consortium made up of the Energy Saving Trust (EST), Changeworks, The Energy Agency, Scarf and The Wise Group. Local Energy Scotland administers and manages the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) with support ...

Wellington Baptist church and community centre biomass boiler

Last year we replaced a very old oil boiler with a new froling p4 100 kW pellet boiler in the community centre Due to the short time to complete before tariff drop we used some short term finance to complete ...

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) is a local co-operative identify and building community owned renewable energy system in Hampshire. Our first project was a 28MW Wind Farm at Bullington Cross. Over 2,800 local people supported the development making it the ...

Transition Eynsham Area (GreenTEA)

A member of the Transition Towns movement, founded to give local people resilience to the problems caused by Climate Change. Our group was founded in January 2009 and now has a core group and five working groups: Waste; Energy; Food; ...

South Dartmoor Community Energy

We are a new community benefit society set up to help our local communities become more energy efficient and involved in renewable energy projects. At the moment we have 2 energy champions funded through the Big Energy Saving Network, who ...

Grand Union Community Energy Ltd. (GUCE)

The objects of the Society shall be to carry on any business for the benefit of the community by: a) promoting reductions in carbon emissions and the sustainable use of energy; b) the generation of renewable energy and developing, installing ...

Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative

Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative (Bes Co-op) is owned by the local community for the benefit of the local community. We design and install renewable energy system with a main focus on solar PV and heat pumps. We work with local ...

The Malvern Cube

Our only project is the installation of a 30kWp solar panel array on the roof of Malvern Cube. The installation was completed on the 5th September 2014. Run by Malvern Youth and Community Trust, Malvern Cube provides an affordable, safe ...

SENSIBLE at the Meadows Community

SENSIBLE stands for 'Storage ENabled SustaInable energy for BuiLdings and communitiEs'. https://www.facebook.com/projectsensible https://twitter.com/SENSIBLEProject The overall objective of Project SENSIBLE is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate a storage-enabled sustainable energy supply for buildings and communities. The project will work towards achieving ...

Community Home Energy Check

The Community Home Energy Check is a new online tool from Energy Saving Trust Foundation that aims to help communities give energy advice and track that impact of that advice. The tool provides a tailored report on how to save ...

Warm & well

In June 2016, PEC were awarded almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to use for 4 years to help disabled people in Plymouth stay warm and well. They can now support anyone with a physical disability, mental health need ...

Fuelling Manchester

We are a group of volunteers, activists and practitioners involved in Community Energy in the Greater Manchester area. We meet to network, share information and grew the Community Energy sector locally. Come along to our next social, there's no agenda ...

Carbon Co-op membership

Become a member of the Carbon Co-op via http://carbon.coop/user/register to receive specialist help and advice on reducing your household energy usage and become part of a community of like minded and supportive people and organisations. Benefits Membership entitles you to ...

Verdant Future

Verdant Future is a community owned co-operative that makes businesses more energy efficient. We are a B2B company and are looking to partner with commercial and industrial property owners that want to become more sustainable, lower their energy costs and ...

Furzedown Low Carbon Zone

The Furzedown Low Carbon Zone is a community initiative working to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel energy, while developing local understanding of issues around sustainability and the environment. The project aims to create a support network for sustainable living; ...

Energy Saving Trust Foundation

Energy Saving Trust Foundation is a charity that aims to accelerate the growth of community energy. As a part of the Energy Saving Trust group, the Foundation is able to draw on over 20 years experience of local activity on ...

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset

CLS helps people living in Bridport, Dorchester and surrounding areas to adapt to climate change and live more sustainable lifestyles. It works specifically on: Community renewable energy - community owned solar PV on local schools and community buildings, and community ...

Community Energy Warwickshire

Community Energy Warwickshire is a community-based energy co-operative which aims to help generate renewable energy and reduce energy consumption in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. It has installed solar panels on the roofs at local hospitals. It has run energy saving ...

Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral project

Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. We started our journey in January 2006 and since then we have already cut our ...

Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES)

What are we trying to do? Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to transform the way we use energy on a daily basis. Power cuts and expensive peak demand tariffs could become a thing of the past.  Could you ...

Energy saving communities - Barlby and Cridling Stubbs

We (Yorkshire Energy Doctor CIC) were awarded funding from Northern Powergrid's Community Energy Seed Fund in 2015 to deliver a package of energy saving advice to two communities in the Selby District of North Yorkshire - Barlby and Cridling Stubbs. ...

NOBEL GRID - Open tools for community smart grids

Through the NOBEL GRID project, Carbon Co-op will pilot a community smart grid in Manchester with between 100 and 200 householders, assisting them to work together to save energy, reduce bills and reduce carbon emissions and to provide tools and ...

Whole House Retrofit - A Community Green Deal

Carbon Coop's unique Community Green Deal programme has worked with 12 owner occupiers around Greater Manchester to transform their homes in to high spec, '2050-standard' eco show houses, retrofitted to achieve emissions reductions of 80%. This DECC-funded project, working in ...

Sustainable retrofit of heritage homes

Making energy use more sustainable while also preserving our built heritage can prove tricky. About one fifth of England’s homes were built before 1919. England has nearly 1.1 million residential buildings in Conservation Areas, and an estimated 145,000 listed dwellings. ...

Streatham Power

Streatham Power is a community-owned social enterprise that exists to enable the local community to lead Streatham’s transition to a resilient and zero carbon energy future. The organisation evolved from initial discussions within Transition Streatham, a local group looking at ...

Smart and local energy market development

The future of energy is locally generated, locally owned, low carbon and smart. The development of smart energy technologies provides the potential to change the way households, businesses and communities generate and consume energy. Energy storage and management technologies will ...

Communities Living Sustainably - Energy activity

"Communities Living Sustainably" is a Big Lottery programme supporting twelve local sustainability projects with a climate change theme across England. This project on the Community Energy Hub aims to share what those groups have learned in delivering local projects on ...

Green Open Homes

The Green Open Homes network was established in 2013 to support low-carbon open homes events across the country. Green Open Homes events are where people open their homes to show visitors energy saving improvments that they’ve made. Visiting a home ...

Ferry Farm Community Solar Project

CfR is helping communities and renewable energy companies work together to develop and deliver shared ownership models for MW-scale solar and wind projects. This is one of our 'Split-FIT' solar PV farms, planned for Selsey, West Sussex. Profits from the ...

Resources

Events

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Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES)

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Energy Saving Trust Foundation

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