Updated 29 January 2014
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We would very much like to hear from any other organisation which can give us advice or help us in achieving our current aims for improving energy efficiency in a village environment. Our current priorities are:
We are happy to provide links from this website to organisations and websites with similar or related aims,even if these are not part of our current agenda.
The contact for the above is our webmaster, Eric Eisenhandler, email email@example.com or phone (01235) 850558. For energy advice you can also contact any member of the committee, who will either try to help or put you in contact with an expert.
All the committee live in Blewbury.
Chris Colborne is an electronics technician by trade, and a do-it-yourself eco-nut who has cut his use of energy and resources by more than 3/4. By considering the environmental impact of all our activities, finding smarter ways of doing things, and cutting out the "greenwash", anyone can make a difference. The savings easily outweigh the costs, and you don't have to live in the stone age to be sustainable.
David Watsham runs a design and building project-management company, has an interest in energy conservation, and is a licensed producer of Energy Performance Certificates.
Eric Eisenhandler is emeritus research professor of particle physics at Queen Mary, University of London, and has worked at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. He is very concerned about global warming and energy issues, and hopes to improve the situation in the local community. He is webmaster and co-author of this website – hisemail is firstname.lastname@example.org andhis phone number is (01235) 850558.
Hugh Osborn led the Initiative for several years and is also deputy webmaster. He was a founder of the BVS Environment Group and has a keen interest in energy efficiency and climate change issues. He has past experience in power generation and distribution in the UK and south-east Asia.
Ian Bacon leads the Initiative; he also led the team for its first few years. He works for Blewburton Partners, who specialise in energy conservation. He is a Code for Sustainable Homes assessor and also an SAP assessor. Ian has been a solar and built environment advisor with Thames Valley Energy;before that he was the energy conservation officer for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Ian's MSc was in environmental policy and management.
Jo Lakeland worked with the Energy Group at the University of Reading, staying on there for 10 years after completing an MSc in renewable energy and the environment. Her commitment to sustainability issues resulted in her also becoming the network co-ordinator for BIONIS (the international BIOmimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability). She is now project co-ordinator for Sustainable Blewbury’s project Transition Together – Blewbury.
In memory of John Richards, who originated this website and was its award-winning webmaster, inspiration and co-author for many years. Very sadly, he died on 5 June 2011.
The Blewbury Energy Initiative began in the autumn of 2005. Significant progress was made in the next three years in raising awareness of energy issues and helping people to reduce their energy usage. A review of the initiative took place in early 2009, after which it was decided to continue with the initiative but at a lower level of activity. The initiative continues to maintain and expand this website, to provide energy advice, and to investigate specific energy issues. In addition, all of us are involved in other activities of our parent organisation, Sustainable Blewbury.
Our aim is to assist people to reduce energy use in buildings in Blewbury, in ways which both reduce the amount of the coal, oil, gas and electricity needed and at the same time help the global environment.
The Initiative provides relevant information, and offers advice to anyone who is planning energy-saving improvements in the village, whether in domestic homes, public buildings or workplaces.
General advice is collated and provided initially via the Blewbury website. Hopefully this assists not onlypeople in Blewbury but others who are interested in seeking similar savings.
An early activity was a survey of a small sample of the range of houses in the village, to give an indication of the current energy usage, and of which energy saving methods would be most effective in each type of building. We used this information to provide an estimate of the carbon footprint of the Village.
The Initiative is also happy to assist business premises in the village with advice on the most effective energy-saving measures.
The Initiative also aims for high energy efficiency in the public buildings in the village. We therefore are happy, in co-operation with the responsible bodies, to arrange for energy surveys of such buildings, and then to provide assistance in planning and finding funding for any desirable improvements.
Some people may be interested in installing energy generation from renewable resources, such as solar hot water or electricity generation for their home. The Initiative collects information and advice on such installations, including information on the local planning guidance, with the aim of achieving the maximum benefit from any such investment.
A diary of our activities is given on a separate page.
The Blewbury Energy Initiative seeks to ascertain an informed estimate of the carbon footprint of the buildings of the Village and to suggest energy efficiency measures to reduce this footprint, as well as seeking to encourage those renewable energy technologies that are deemed appropriate for the Village.
This should not only have environmental benefits in the reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere,but should also:
The project is part of Sustainable Blewbury (formerly the Blewbury Village Society Environment Group).
If you have any comments or queries about this website please contact the webmaster.
© Blewbury Energy Initiative 2014