Energy efficiency project planning

This page has information on how to plan community energy efficiency projects from the Community Energy Efficiency Toolkit.

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.

The role your community organisation plays will depend on the needs of your community, what you aim to achieve, what skills and resources you have at your disposal and whether any related activity is happening in your area.

Access the full Getting started with community home energy efficiency module of the Community Energy Efficiency Toolkit.

Monitoring and evaluation

When planning an energy efficiency project it's useful to understand what type of housing is common in your area, and anything you can about the people who live in your area (e.g. average age, income etc.) so that you can focus on energy efficiency measures that will be relevant to local people. This will also give you a baseline from which to measure your impact.

You should consider how you will monitor progress and evaluate impact of your project from the start. To secure funding and carry out business planning you will need both evidence of your achievements to support bids and also be able to project what you might achieve with given activities and resources.

For more information visit the Monitoring and Evaluation section of the Hub.

You can also find further information under Energy Efficiency within the Choosing and developing projects section.

Further Information

The UK government has collected national carbon dioxide emissions data by local authority area. This can help you to better understand energy use in your area.

Community Energy Manager is being developed to help communities plan energy projects.

This page from CSE provides a list of online sources of information on saving energy across your community.

Energy Saving Trust give details of an LED lighting field trial.

Carbon Coop have produced a Retrofit Factfile.


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