Climate

Take your dead batteries to St Mary’s church

Help to prevent fires and look after wildlife

Batteries mustn’t be put in with our rubbish or recycling as they pose a significant fire risk once crushed by the bin lorries.

And, if they end up in a landfill site, they can leak toxic chemicals (including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury) into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution, damaging ecosystems and wildlife.

‘Powering Up, Powering Down'

Home Energy Ideas - in the Morgue at The Five Bells

An informal evening for people in the parish who want to learn more about how to actually cut their energy bills and lower their household carbon footprint.

Three village homeowners who have already taken some steps will speak briefly about what they’ve done.

They’ll be happy to answer questions about what went well, what didn’t, and how we might learn from their experiences. 

Topics in the conversations are likely to discuss: insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels, cutting energy costs and more.

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Keeping warm in the months ahead

New booklet summarises useful advice 

More tips for saving energy and keeping warm have been added to this Community Website to help everyone through the coming winter: see here.

The booklet (also available at the bottom of this web-page) includes a range of ideas for: keeping warm; improving the fabric of our homes to stop heat escaping; generating our own heat and power; and sources of grants and funding etc.  There are also ten simple but useful appendices.

Energy efficiency and insulation tips

Lessons from an important talk at Buriton’s B-earth Day event

The upper hall was packed on 22nd April when Christine Murphy from the National Energy Foundation gave a very useful and informative talk.

She explained that the main guzzlers of energy in most homes are heating, cooling, moving parts, screens on our devices and, using the least: sound systems and lighting. 

But everyone can save money (and energy) by simply switching things off when they’re not needed or being used.

Save the planet – a box ticking exercise

“Stick me on your fridge …”

One of the activities at this year’s village show included ideas and encouragement for 10 simple things that can help to save the planet – and save money at home.

The checklist helps people to make a difference: because individual actions are important as well as collective ones.

The list includes ideas to reduce energy bills, to adjust your transport arrangements and to influence what you buy.

The full list is attached at the foot of this web-page, with the suggestion that you “Stick me on your fridge and tick each that you achieve”.

Buriton’s Carbon Footprint revealed at Village Show

Estimates help identify potential areas for action

Reports from an on-line Government-backed calculator (the Impact tool) show that Buriton is performing better than some neighbouring parishes but worse than others - and performs relatively poorly compared with District and National data.

The Impact Tool is an estimator of a community’s carbon footprint which draws on over 30 datasets to estimate the total amount of greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly as a result of everyday human activities in the parish - heating homes, using electricity, transport, producing and distributing food, disposing of waste, etc.

Saving money, saving energy, saving the planet …

Feedback from users of the community’s thermal imaging camera.

The Parish Council bought this handy piece of equipment with support from the county council and early users seem very pleased.

Buriton’s Climate Care Group uses the camera to help householders cut spiralling energy bills and combat climate change.

A number of surveys were carried out in the spring: producing pictures showing where homes were losing heat through gaps in doors and windows or through walls with poor insulation.

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Thermal imaging surveys featured in newspapers

News about Buriton’s new camera

Buriton’s innovative use of a new thermal imaging camera was featured in the local press in March.

The community’s Climate Care Group is helping householders cut spiralling energy bills and combat climate change.

Low-cost thermal imaging camera surveys are being carried out which produce pictures showing where homes are losing heat through gaps in doors and windows or through walls with poor insulation.

The newspaper story explains that whilst the project can’t pay peoples energy bills for them, it can help identify where homes are literally leaking money.

Ideas to help reduce your energy bills

 – and fight climate change at the same time

The Parish Council shares the concerns of residents about the big energy price hikes that are in the news – and is hoping to obtain use of a Thermal Imaging Camera to offer basic home surveys to all households in the parish.

Simple photographs from outside homes can help identify where heat is leaking out – adding to your fuel bills unnecessarily.

Common problems are walls or roofs with poor insulation – or gaps around doors and windows.