Winchester Action on Climate Change is running an evening of practical advice on how to save energy, save money, and stay warm in the Meon Hall on 10 March 2015. Please download and print the poster to display if you live nearby.

The doors open at 7.30 with tea or coffee.

The first half-hour is for individual advice. “Just call in and speak
to Andy Smale about switching and saving, about Warm Homes Discount
and winter fuel payments, about the Green Deal and other help”, said
Chris Holloway, Director of the local climate change charity. Andy is
a Big Energy Saving Champions, funded to help people cut their energy
use and bills.

Then, short talks followed by questions and discussion at 15 minute intervals:

  • 8.00 Zero-cost ways to save energy
  • 8.15 Low cost ways to save energy
  • 8.30 Insulation and draughts – for which Andy will show the thermal camera
  • 8.45 Solar panels
  • 9.00 Time to chat
  • 9.30 Doors close

People can come for the whole evening, or drop in for the topic that
interests them.

People are invited to swap tips on how to use less energy at zero
cost, and to learn about changes that cost little and cut bills.  “Did
you know”, asked Andy, “that new low-energy light bulbs have got much
better and much cheaper? The saving covers the cost of each light bulb
in less than a year, and you’ll be saved the trouble of replacing your
light bulbs again for ten years or so.” He will bring a display of
different light bulbs for people to switch on and compare.

The last topic Andy will cover is free power from the sun. Solar
panels pay for themselves and stop greenhouse gases polluting our

The meeting is organised by Winchester Action on Climate Change in
partnership with Friends of the Earth, and supported by Winchester
City Council and the Government’s Big Energy Saving Network.

Till 20 March 2015, the Big Energy Saving Network is funding  the
local energy experts to advise people how they can save energy, save
money and still stay warm by reviewing where they get their
electricity and gas from, and what payment plan they have.

WinACC and the Big Energy Saving Network Champion Andy Smale of Expert
Energy are offering free short sessions to groups who want to learn
more about how to save energy and money. “We have run sessions with
Age UK in Winchester”, said Andy, “Now we are hoping that other
lunch-clubs, societies and local groups will get in touch to arrange
for us to come and help their members”.

To find out more and book a session for local community groups, ring
Chris on 07779 283451 or Andy on 02380 644153.

Notes to Editors:

1.     Photo of Andy Smale holding a thermal camera attached as jpg.

2.     Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the
carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local
residents, businesses and local government, working together to create
a better future.

3.     WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the
Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon

4.     For further information visit or call Chris
Holloway, Director on 01962 827083 / 07779 283451 or email

5.     Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by
guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043.
Our registered office is Room 163, Main Building, University of
Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a
registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754


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