Electricity saving project launched in Chichester

A community project to help reduce electricity usage and bills has been launched.

Transition Chichester and the Chichester Community Development Trust – based at Graylingwell Park – have teamed up to loan residents across the area special ECO-EYE electricity monitors for a year.

The CCDT has received £38,000 rom the government’s LEAF (Local Energy Assessment Fund) programme which will be used to loan out 100 monitors. To qualify, potential participants must submit the last 12 months’ electricity readings to Transition, and then send it a reading each month for 12 months. The results will be collated by CCDT.

Using the monitors, people can physically see the effect an electric appliance has on consumption. The idea is that by the end of the loan period, people will be much more mindful of their energy use and will not want to return to their previous habits.

After 12 months, the monitors will be loaned out to another 100 households.

The trust is also offering 100 free visits by a green doctor to advise on how to save money and even install some basic energy saving measures. There will also be five free energy efficiency workshops this month, and as part of the scheme community halls in Lavant and Tangmere will have an energy assessment.

Matt Damper, of Transition’s energy group said it was a long term project and was an exciting for the city.

“This is something we at Transition have been talking about for some time. The monitors bring about subtle changes in behaviour and anecdotally reduces energy consumption by around ten per cent, but this is something we want to quantify.”

Energy efficiency workshops will take place at St George’s Church, Cleveland Road on Saturday, March 17 (11am-1pm); at Donnington Village Hall on Monday, March 19 (6pm-8pm) and St Paul’s Church, Chichester on Wednesday, March 21 (7pm-9pm).

The scheme is open to anyone in Chichester. See www.transitionchichester.org or call 01243 780132.