What Community Groups Can Do
Energy and utility costs can be a significant expense for community buildings and there may be ways that you can reduce them.
There are a number of organisations which are able to offer advice and resources that may support communities in considering energy efficiency and renewable energy options. Links to some of these external organisations are provided below.
It may be beneficial to consider how energy is used (e.g. heating, lighting, etc) so you can target your efforts. In terms of energy efficiency, options to consider could include checking the level of insulation of the building, draft proofing, use of more efficient appliances / boilers, and improving controls of when systems (e.g. for heating) are operating. The Council has some Community Grants available, some of which may be relevant to this type of proposal – for more information see the link below to community grants.
As well as considering energy efficiency options, alternative energy options could also be looked at. There is some funding available for such technologies (for example the Renewable Heat Incentive); however you would need to consider these options carefully, including whether certain technologies would appropriate given the energy needs. For more information see the Renewable Energy webpage – a link is provided below.
If you are considering making alterations it is important to find out whether or not you will need to apply for consent / permission for example through Building Regulations or Planning Permission. If the alterations would be to a listed building you may also need Listed Building Consent for any works. If Planning Permission or Listed Building Consent is needed, you could also seek pre-application advice for the works.