Repair Café workshop on Saving Energy and DraughtProofing aimed to help tackle fuel poverty in Reading on Sunday 15th January and Sunday 19th February.
We will be running two seminar/workshop events at Reading Repair Café this winter as part of the national Warm Homes Campaign. The events will be on Sunday 15th January, 3pm, at rLab, C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX and on Sunday 19th February, 3pm, at RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4PS.
The campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), which aims to raise awareness of the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.
People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draught proofing and insulating their homes. They can also bring household items and repair café staff will assist with repairs to them.
Tony Cowling our lead DraughtBuster said that we have now helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town. On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at NEA said: “Fuel poverty is a serious and growing concern. Through the Warm Homes Campaign we hope to improve the life chances of residents who are struggling with their fuel bills and ensure they can stay warm and healthy in their homes this winter.”
Some comments received about the DraughtBusters from the people that we have visited:-
“The DraughtBusters were very helpful, efficient and gave me lots of information/tips to further improve the heating efficiency of my home”
“The guys were friendly and really knew their stuff”
“They helped and advised on a lot of things and have made real improvements”.
“Thanks for this and also for an informative and thought provoking talk, cheers ……” after one of our workshops.
and another “Thank you for sending me the slides. I found your talk very interesting and useful.”
“Your energy advice and draught proofing resulted in us saving 30% on our gas bill comparing 2013/14 with 2014/5 THANKS” Hazel from Reading
Notes for Editors
DraughtBusters are a part of Transition Town Reading – a voluntary group who undertake community projects to reduce environmental impact and dependence on oil. Repair Café is a project run by Transition Town Reading.
National Energy Action is a fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. NEA runs the Warm Homes Campaign, leading up to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on 17 February – to raise awareness of fuel poverty and its possible solutions.