Government support for household energy costs will come to an end in a couple of months, just as the electricity price cap is due to go up again. Our newsletter this week has several items about ways to tackle the problems of keeping warm in the face of increasing energy bills ranging from CLaN CiC’s fun but practical approach – crafting rugs and draught excluders – to the work of HGN member ‘Herefordshire and Worcestershire Energy Tracers’ who address the issues of heat loss from draughts and poor insulation.

As a member of HGN I’m sure you’re very familiar with our BUILDING SENSE work raising awareness about retrofit across the Marches, currently in partnership with local energy agencies as part of the Future Ready Homes project. With homes responsible for over 25% of our carbon emissions, and heating and powering them playing a huge role in the cost of living crisis we’re currently experiencing, the retrofit agenda is becoming more and more important for everyone and for the planet.

Through Future Ready Homes Herefordshire homeowners are able to access fully funded whole house retrofit surveys and plans so that people can understand the steps they can take to improve their homes and start their retrofit journey And HGN Building Sense has already, and will continue, to run a series of webinars all about retrofit for those that want to learn more about it and posts recordings of previous webinars on the BUILDING SENSE section of the HGN website. The next in the series is:

BUILDING SENSE: The case for solar cost-benefit evaluation
20th February 1pm | webinar | Click here to book
Join HGN’s Gordon Coppock as he presents his independent review of solar (PV and thermal) and battery storage in the face of soaring energy prices.

BUILDING SENSE: A natural choice – why ‘greener’ materials could help your retrofit project

Recording | webinar | Click here to view
Retrofit involves a lot of choices – particularly of materials. Juggling price, performance and carbon isn’t easy. Whether insulating internally or externally, using natural materials can have many advantages for your retrofit, particularly in older buildings – Simon Ayres from Shropshire based Lime Green explained why and how in this talk.