This group was set up at the request of Little Gransden Parish Council, and is associated with the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP), which was set up by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Its purpose is to spread information about ways in which householders can save energy (and hence money), and to protect to the environment.Similar organisations have been set up in many other parishes, including in Gamlingay, Coton, Girton, and the Cambridge City based “Cambridge Carbon Footprint”. The latter have organised an annual “Open Eco Homes” event, where you are able to look round houses that have taken steps to greatly improve their energy efficiency, as inspiration to what everyone else could do. The EcoHub in Gamlingay have organised a free annual “Green Day” at which anyone can call in and talk to companies (supplying insulation, solar & heating systems, efficient lighting, etc.), and organisations such as the RSPB, and to learn about environmental and energy saving issues.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has purchased 3 infra-red cameras, which LGEG have borrowed for a week or so for the last 4 winters. This has enabled local householders to see where the heat losses are in their houses. These cameras are now available to any South Cambridgeshire householder by arrangement (and with training) from their Cambourne offices.
Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is a bulk purchase scheme for electricity supplies that has been organised by the Cambridge Councils.
SPEP have organised various talks about energy saving measures and experiences of the various parish groups in Cambridgeshire.
LGEG write an article about energy saving matters in the Roundabout magazine most months.
For further information, refer to the following websites:
- Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership
- Action Energy – providing information by the Cambridgeshire councils that advise on reducing energy use and cost
- Energy Saving Trust – independent non-profit organisation that offers impartial advice on methods of energy saving
- Renewable Heat Incentive
- USwitch – independent price comparison website for energy and broadband/telephone supply.
Posted on behalf of Trevor Brown