The many users of Stafford's North End Community Centre can look forward to a warmer and cosier time in the cold weather thanks to a package of measures to improve the building's energy efficiency. This popular venue, located on Holmcroft Road, has benefitted from an energy audit and funding package through the Warmer Holmcroft project, run by Sustainability Matters in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council. The measures include a new, more efficient condensing gas boiler for the central heating, plus cavity and loft insulation. Taken together, these improvements should drastically cut the heating bill, saving around £1200 each year, or roughly half the total energy costs for the building. Furthermore, the building's annual carbon emissions will fall by more than 5 tonnes.
A few streets away, the Arthur Findlay Centre has also taken on the energy efficiency challenge. Again, with support from the Borough Council and Sustainability Matters, through the Warmer Holmcroft project, an energy audit was undertaken, indicating a number of priority measures and actions. Subsequent improvements have included two new boilers, cavity wall insulation and a lighting upgrade, and these were celebrated at an ‘open day’ attracting 250 people, where there was also a stall to promote energy efficiency and provide advice to regular users, local residents and visitors.
With energy bills going in one direction and cooler weather around the corner, make sure you keep the draughts out. For advice on energy saving, staying warm and government schemes for home energy improvements, visit: Stafford Area Save Your Energy – your local, virtual one stop shop for energy advice.