Homes & Energy

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Warmer homes and greener energy for all

As part of the 2030 Project, the Energy and Housing Action Group is exploring ways of Homes Logohelping local residents to make their homes more energy efficient, and to really get going in scaling up the local production of clean, renewable energy.

If you’d like to get involved in this Action Group, either as an active member or an occasional helper, please fill in the sign up form and we’ll be in contact:

To get in touch with the Energy and Housing Action Group, email us at:

Plans for 2021

Here's what we're working on...

Our first move was to publicise the Solar Together group buying scheme for solar panels, for which the October deadline has now passed.  We’re hoping a second round will be announced soon.

The big focus this winter is on rolling out an ambitious home energy project to encourage people to get moving in improving the all round energy efficiency of their homes.

Home Energy Loss

Our ageing housing stock is notoriously leaky and inefficient, leading to draughty bedrooms, damp bathrooms, and inflated energy bills.  Steyning, Bramber and Beeding are worse than the national average, according to the statistics; only 29% of properties have an EPC rating of C or better, compared to 36% nationwide.  That’s terrible!

And far too many of us still have inefficient freezers groaning away in the corner, energy guzzling light bulbs we’ve not got round to changing, and ancient boilers that kick out more heat to the neighbour’s garden than they do the house.

This is one of the real biggies when it comes to cutting carbon emissions and reaching net zero. According to the Zero Carbon Britain report, heating and hot water alone accounted for 32% of total UK energy demand in 2017. This could be cut by more than half through a comprehensive ‘retrofit’ programme to upgrade and insulate our homes. And as well as saving costs and carbon it would make them much cosier places to live.

Most of us know all this already. But somehow we don’t get around to it. We make excuses, and put if off until next year.

Let’s change all that and make this the year when we take steps to get our own house in order.

    Getting your house in order

    Some of the steps you can take are very easy – like fitting an insulation strip around a draughty window.  But others need careful thought.  Badly done cavity wall insulation can create damp problems, for example.  So you need to go into this with your eyes open.

    We’ve put together a range of information resources to help homeowners get started.  Click on the link that matches your situation best:

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    Articles & Information

    We’ll be adding more information here over time, including useful resources, relevant articles and events.

    Green Homes Grant Scheme

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