Mid Sussex District Council has been working closely with the Energy Savings Trust to give independent energy advice and bring free and discounted insulation to residents. As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, the Council is now hosting a free event exploring the different options available to fund community energy projects.
The seminar will be run by the Energy Saving Trust as part of their "Green Communities" initiative, and will take place on Tuesday 29th September, 5.30pm - 9pm at the Mid Sussex District Council Offices, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath. You can book your free place online at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe/Green-Communities or call 0844 848 0077.
Some recent projects helped through the Green Communities project include Village Halls who reduced their building's carbon footprint, gardening groups who have transformed disused land to a community garden and community car-sharing schemes. Whatever your ideas, bring them along to the seminar for advice on how to get onto the next stage and find out what funding might be available.
"Residents of Mid Sussex are very aware and active in protecting our local environment," said Councillor Garry Wall, Cabinet member for Leisure and Sustainability. "We are promoting this new opportunity which helps support local communities and their plans for future environmental initiatives, and I would urge everyone who could benefit to come along".
Recent statistics from the Energy Saving Trust show the huge savings Mid Sussex can make by working together.
- If all 52,728 households in Mid Sussex turn the thermostat down by 1°C they could save around £2,953,500 per year and around 15,100 tonnes of CO2 per year. This is enough to fill 86,100 double decker buses or 3,601,900 red telephone boxes.
- If all 52,728 households in Mid Sussex turn appliances off standby they could save around £1,929,300 per year and around 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This is enough to fill 39,800 double decker buses or 1,662,400 red telephone boxes.
-If all 52,728 households in Mid Sussex replace all their light bulbs with Energy Saving Recommended ones they could save around £2,587,900 per year and around 9,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This is enough to fill 51,400 double decker buses or 2,151,300 red telephone boxes.