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We aim to raise public awareness among the residents of Woodstock and beyond on the issues of climate change, energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, bio-diversity, sustainable economics and respect for the planet. 
We are working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, local schools and churches, Blenheim Palace and the Farmers Market and the Woodstock trade association, Wake Up to Woodstock


Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

The Oxon Affordable Warmth Network is pleased to be accessing ECO grants in partnership with British Gas to offer free, A-rated replacement boilers to homeowners and private renting tenants whose boilers are rated D or below and are in receipt of certain benefits. This includes:

Residents in receipt of:

·         Child tax credit

·         State Pension Credit

·         Aged 60 or over and in receipt of Working Tax Credit

Or:

·         Income-related employment and support allowance

·         Income-based job seeker’s allowance 

·         Income Support, or

·         Working Tax Credit with a relevant income of £15, 860 or less

And who also:

·         Receive the work-related activity or support component of the income-related employment and support allowance

·         Have parental responsibility for a child under the age of 16 or up to their 20th birthday if they are in full-time non-advanced education who ordinarily reside with that member

·         Or are in receipt of certain disability payments, including: child tax credit which includes a disability or sever disability element; a disabled child premium, a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or sever disability premium; or a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium.

An easy way to check your eligibility and to discover how else we can assist you is via our freephone helpline: 0800 107 0044. We’re encouraging organisations to send this to any organisations or groups that this may be applicable to. Please contact us via the helpline

0800 107 0044  Our friendly staff are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Or email us: awn@nef.org.uk  More details on the The Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network poster

Funding is only available for a limited time, so please don’t delay.  

New fixed price boiler scheme launched  

A new ‘fixed price’ scheme offering a top quality gas boiler is now open to all West Oxfordshire households.  
The new scheme not only supplies a high-rated energy-efficient boiler for £2,700, but includes installation by a qualified heating engineer   It is arranged by Green Homes Together, a community interest company backed by West Oxfordshire District Council.
Brad Hook from Green Homes Together said “Replacing a boiler is expensive so it is important that households know what the costs are upfront. Anyone contacting Green Homes Together for assistance can be assured that they will be supplied with a top quality boiler and that it will be fitted by an installation company approved by us. Being hit with surprise repair bills is never welcome and so knowing exactly how much a new boiler will cost will take the uncertainty out of it.”  
He added: “Boilers account for about 55 per cent of what householders spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.”   To find out more call 0300 111 3330 or visit
www.greenhomestogether.org.uk.  
Green Homes Together can also advise about funding available for loft and cavity wall insulation.   Additional notes   All boilers fitted through Green Homes Together have a long warranty and will have the highest ‘A’rated energy efficient level.   The cost of fitting a replacement includes flushing the system, but any extra work such as removing water tanks would incur an additional cost.   The price of £2,700 quoted is for an average-sized family home.

Warmer Homes, Lower Bills, Cooler Planet

This winter a coalition of national organisations is organising a programme of over 40 major
public meetings across the UK with local MPs and other national speakers. We are doing this
as the Energy Bill goes through Parliament. We are looking to work with local organisations to
help us make this happen and generate interest and action on energy issues.
Read the january 2013 Action pack here.

and find out here why we need to lobby our MPs to get a better deal for all

Together with Sustainable groups in Witney, Charlbury, Chippy, Eynsham and Stonesfield, we have written to David Cameron seeking a meeting and are presently awaiting a response.

Free Insulation Offers Made Simple

The Government have committed to insulating 3.5 million homes with their Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme, and time is running out! Energy companies are obligated to meet the targets by the end of 2012, so are giving away loft and cavity wall insulation for free! Through Low Carbon Oxford the CERT scheme has been summarised into simple and clear information for groups to offer to their communities, including:

Community Action Groups are extremely well positioned to get the information to communities in an informed yet neutral, and therefore trusted, way. If you are interested in using this information you can download the document in Word and PowerPoint using the links below and find a Prezi version (online presentation tool).

http://www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk/news-archive/267-free-insulation-offers-made-simple

The documents are purposefully plain so that groups can add their logo if they wish, but please do not change the information on offer. These documents are anti-copyright. Please feel free to copy, adapt and distribute as long as the final work remains anti-copyright.

Sustainable Woodstock's Solar PV Buying Group

Since our launch of the Solar PV Group buying scheme in July 2011, our preferred bidder, EnergyMyWay has installed photo-voltaic panels on more than a dozen homes in the town. This is a great start to our campaign for renewable energy generation in Woodstock and a wise investment for those residents who have taken the plunge.

So we were very disappointed that the government has suddenly, and with short notice, pulled the plug on the scheme. Anyone having panels installed after the middle of December will receive a much-reduced feed-in-tariff for the energy they generate. However, although disappointed that the government’s U-turn will put some people off installing panels, Sustainable Woodstock is not despondent. At the same time as the income from solar/pv electricity is reducing, so are the panel installation costs and we believe the scheme will continue to be a worthwhile investment. To that end, we have met with EnergyMyWay who have given assurances that the fall in panel prices will still make investing in solar pv worthwhile. The margins for both installer and customer are much tighter but it may still be a worthwhile investment as well as a good thing to do.

With the Sustainable Woodstock and EnergyMyWay group buying scheme you can benefit from:

  • access to discounted solar/pv panels
  • long term cash back from the government's Feed-in-Tarriff
  • free green electricity from your solar panels

Interested? What you need to do next:-

You will need a pitched roof facing south, south-east or south-west (flat roofs and east or west facing roofs give lower yields) and
roof space free of major shading from trees, other buildings, chimneys

For property specific enquiries and to request a FREE survey contact EnergyMyWay at:-
www.energymyway.co.uk or telephone
01865 733230

For this Group Buying Scheme, Sustainable Woodstock is working with Kidlington Against Climate Change, Sustainable Kirtlington and Low Carbon Oxford North under the umbrella of the Oxford Community Group.

A summary of the group buying scheme can be read if you click here.
The Oxford Community Group Memorandum of Understanding with EnergyMyWay can be read here.
The Oxford Community Group
"Working Documentation" can be read here

Other contractor/installers tendering for the Oxford Community Group buying scheme were:-

Midland Felt Roofing,

One of Woodstock's major employers, Midland Felt Roofing, has moved to new premises. Their new offices and warehouse is located in the old Field Barn Farm buildings just north of the town as you head towards Chippy. Managing Director Paul Snell has specified the highest levels of energy efficiency for his new buildings. To read more about this textbook example of how to design energy efficient offices click here.

Sustainable Woodstock and The Marlborough School

Sustainable Woodstock is working with The Marlborough School Woodstock to enhance their Sustainability Action Plan. This plan is in two parts. The first concerns operational activities, energy management, water resources and the potential for renewable energy and the second relates to curriculum and student development.

The school is presently 13th out of 34 in the league table of energy efficiency for secondary schools. This is a significant achievement given that part of the school is an old flat roofed building of poor energy efficient design. In addition, the school prides itself on being open for community events in the evenings and weekends so the energy use may be higher than schools whose facilities are not so widely used. Nevertheless the school emits 450,000 tonnes of CO2 annually and there is room for improvement. One sure way to achieve sustainability and to reduce bills is to install a modern industrial wood-chip boiler. The school has obtained a long term grant from the Salix-Prudential fund that offers low interest rates for sustainability projects. The pay-back is expected to net the school over £20,000 over the twenty year life of the boiler.

In terms of curriculum development there is already widespread awareness among pupils of the dangers of climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions. Some 70 sixth form students came to Sustainable Woodstock's showing of the climate change film "Age of Stupid" and this generated considerable discussion in the sixth form common room. Younger children too are taking an interest. A Year 7 group recently entered a nationwide competition entitled "Wipe Out Waste" organised by Footprint Friends. Ten schools nationally were selected as finalists and the Marlborough School was amongst them. Their chosen topic was rainwater harvesting and the use of "grey" water for non-drinking supply. Although they didn't win, the experience has helped focus on this important area of sustainability.