Alton Webteam: March 2017
Energy Alton is a local group which works tirelessly to help people reduce their energy consumption and to encourage action to reduce reliance on carbon based fuels . Several events are planned and details can be found below.
Come to our AGM — and be inspired!
WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH 2017
7.30 — 9.30 pm, Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, GU34 1HN.
Free entry. Bar
Hear about Energy Alton's activities over the last year and give your views on our future development. And then be inspired by our guest speaker, Paul Ciniglio:
Paul Ciniglio is employed as Head of Assets & Sustainability for First Wessex. The main focus of his role is to reduce the environmental impact of the housing association's activities. Paul is experienced in advanced environmental retrofit and zero carbon housing and sits on several national and EU steering groups. In 2012 Paul was crowned Green Social Housing Champion of the Year at the Sustainable Housing Awards. In 2009 he retrofitted his own home to an exemplar level and has welcomed over 500 visitors.
Is your lighting good enough?
Low energy light bulbs have been available for a considerable number of years and yet we still hear a number of misconceptions about their performance. A common complaint which is no longer true is about the delay in CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) reaching full power. Likewise we often hear complaints about the colour of the light from LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps, whereas there is now a choice between a warm light and a white light,
Which? have published a useful set of tips on choosing a low energy light bulb, which describes the types of bulbs and fittingsthat are available, and light colour and brightness. Paul Towers, of Energy Saving Light Bulbs, a local supplier, has also kindly supplied us with an update on the EU ban on incandescent and halogen light bulbs, which you can read here.
We held a one day event on domestic lighting in 2013 and we are planning to hold a second event this autumn, so watch this space!
Some basic tips for repairing home appliances
All too often we call someone out when an appliance breaks down and the repair is quite simple - I should know as i've done it myself! -Ed). Now it seems, According to the UK Whitegoods website, that about 30% of returned appliances do not need parts and the faults are simple; a further 25-30% require parts costing less than £20.
The website gives a fund of practical advice and we have listed below links to their five most popular pages:
Washing Machine will not drain
Fault finding for fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
Tumble dryer basic fault finding
Cooker hood fault diagnosis
Gas burners not staying lit
Caveat — this is a commercial web site, not solely an information resource.
Your guide to personal carbon divestment
Ethical Consumer has published on their web site a guide to personal divestment which focuses on switching your current accounts, savings accounts, cash ISAs and investment funds away from companies still funding fossil fuel projects. To make maximum impact, switching into accounts which actively support new renewable energy projects is best.
In this they advise that whilst direct investments may have the strongest ethical credentials, they do carry with them the risk of losing your money if the project fails. They are therefore generally for people who already have a safety net of savings in place.
They quote the Consumers' Association's advice. Before investing they suggest:
Paying off debt first; Getting life and sickness insurance; Sorting out a retirement plan or pension; Having at least three months' salary as savings in cash for emergencies.
If investing large sums, it may be worth contacting an ethical Independent Financial Advisor. The link directs you to an Ethical Consumer page on choosing a suitable IFA for making such divestments or low carbon investments.
Project Wild Thing
MONDAY 3rd APRIL 2017
7.00 for 7.30 pm, Wesley Room, ALTON MALTINGS, Maltings Close,
Alton, GU34 1DT
Calling parents, grandparents and all those who want to help children enjoy the outdoors.
ALFI and Energy Alton bring you the film PROJECT WILD THING.
"It's not the kids who don't want to put their hands in the mud ... it's the adults who have said no."
Film-maker David Bond is a worried man. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies...
Join us for a discussion after the screening.
This is a free event with light refreshments. Donations welcome.
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07811 462659 for more information.
EA reception — May 15th 2017
Energy Alton will be holding a reception on Monday 15th May 2017,at 7:30 pm in the Maltings together with a screening of Leonardo di Caprio's film 'Before the Flood' which was released for limited circulation in the autumn.
This is a golden opportunity to view a film which has been described as 'a rousing call to action', so put this date in your diaries!
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