July Update

Bradford-on-Avon Domestic Solar PV Offer
One of the key issues facing CFB’s aim to help Bradford-on-Avon’s carbon neutral commitment is to see a widespread take-up of solar systems by the homeowners of the town and its parishes. This matter has also been flagged by Bradford on Avon Town Council. Using the simple economic formula, that the lower the price the higher the demand, we are informing you about AEL Solar’s discounted solar offer.
With this offer homeowners can: save carbon; save and earn money; and contribute to reducing the growing threat of climate change. We are presenting this offer to CFB members but it is up to each individual to talk to AEL and decide if they wish to take it up as CFBoA cannot as a group endorse a commercial operation. We encourage you to book a survey and make your own decision. More here

April Update

POTENTIAL SOLAR PV SCAM ALERT from Nigel Gerdes A friend in Nottingham wrote recently: ‘We’ve had solar panels for around 8 years and this morning I received a letter saying I have not received my free solar system health check and service and that the warranty is about to expire.’   The top of the … Read more

February Update

ENERGY FROM WASTE – THE WESTBURY NORTHACRE PLANT You may well be aware that a planning application for the construction of an advanced Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at Westbury has recently been approved by Wiltshire Council. It is a very conversational decision and objectors to the proposal have been very vocal in campaigning against … Read more

Smart Energy Storage by Clive Tomlinson

Clive Tomlinson spoke at our November 2018 evening meeting. He works for Swanbarton, a company which specialises in energy storage. Whilst many of us are enthusiasts for carbon-free renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydro, the energy generated by these means is unpredictable – the sun only shines in day time and the wind tends to blow in the early hours while peak consumption is at breakfast and tea time. Another potential problem is that local generation, for example solar panels on the roofs of houses, can lead to the overloading of local power networks. Hence the need for energy storage which essentially means batteries.

Use Less Energy

Because electricity and gas are so easily accessible and make our lives so much easier and more comfortable, we tend to take them for granted. How often do we ask ourselves the questions: “Do I really need that light on?” “Have I left anything on standby?” “If I turn down the heating by a couple … Read more

Save Energy

Good insulation allows us to use less energy.  So we’d like to make sure that, where possible, every home in the Bradford on Avon Community Area is fully insulated by 2015. For all sorts of ideas to help you reduce your energy consumption by insulating your home better, take a look at these links for … Read more

Switch to a Clean Energy Supplier

Windfarm with sun low over the horizon

If you can’t fit solar panels or other renewable energy source, or simply don’t want to, a really good alternative is to switch to a renewable energy supplier. Ecotricity and Good Energy both supply 100% green electricity and Ecotricity will donate money to CFB for every householder who switches to them.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal image from a domestic house

Thermal images can give us useful information about how efficient our buildings are.  They can highlight potential problems as well as giving us re-assurance that things we have done to conserve energy are working OK. CFB has its own thermal imaging camera and is happy to carry out surveys for householders, businesses and community buildings, … Read more

Energy Efficiency Support

Looking to make your home more comfortable and cheaper to live in? Don’t know where to start? This page will help set you in the right direction. An Installer Network is currently being developed by Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) across Wiltshire, Stroud and South Gloucestershire. N.B.  Announcement from DECC, 24th July 2014  Applications to … Read more