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Tackling the Energy Challenge Together Toolkit A toolkit for communities, local authorities, and schools on how to raise awareness or build capacity on sustainable energy issues.

Changing energy behaviour

Changing energy behaviour Changing energy behaviourwithin communities was a key objective of the community energy groups engaged in the SEACS project. The case studies and tools listed in this section were used to continue the conversation that had been started in communities as a result of using the Raising Awareness tools. The objective was to encourage people to change behaviour in their own homes and daily lives.

 


Case Studies

Coach Energy- A Personalised Tool to Save Energy at Home
Lannion-Trégor Communauté supported tenants and homeowners to monitor energy consumption and supported the household with saving energy and changing energy behaviour.

Coach Energy in a Group
The Conseil Général des Cotes d’Armor recruited a group of staff to support each other with energy saving activities at home. The group met regularly throughout the year.

Energy Retrofitting in Community Buildings
Ten energy audits of community buildings were carried out by Wiltshire Council. This led to practical retrofitting at the village halls involved, often through relatively low cost measures such as loft insulation.

Providing Energy Monitoring Equipment to Groups and Individuals 
SEACS partners in Devon and Dorset issued energy monitoring equipment to households so that they could monitor and record their energy consumption to help in changing energy behaviour.

Starting a Transition Street Group – Dorset
The Transition Streets initiative was originally developed and piloted in Totnes, Devon. It provides practical guidance to groups of people working together and sharing experiences in using less energy, recycling, benefits of buying local food etc. It was decided to pilot the Totnes Transition Together programme in Dorset and also in Côtes d’Armor, Brittany.

Energy Champion and Energy Assessor Training 
Devon County Council provided direct SEACS funding to two sustainable energy community partnerships to
train community energy champions. This was to build the capacity of the partnership member to engage more effectively in their communities and become a trusted, local point of advice for changing energy behaviour.

Quantifying the Effectiveness of Awareness Raising Activity
The SEACS partners used an energy awareness matrix to evaluate the effectiveness of an energy awareness project by questioning participants before and after the campaign.

Training Staff From Social Support Organisations on Energy Issues
One of the targeted groups for the project are people facing energy insecurity or fuel poverty, which requires a tailored approach for energy saving advice. It seems important to first build capacity amongst the organisations that provide support to this group. Lannion-Trégor Communauté, established partnerships with several local social care organisations in order to support householders in fuel poverty. Several training sessions were organised for staff working for social care organisations.

Tools

Energy Awareness Matrix
The SEACS partners used an energy awareness matrix to evaluate the effectiveness of an energy awareness project by questioning participants before and after the campaign.

Coach Energie – Eco Behaviour Questionnaire
A questionnaire about the green/energy saving actions that you could carry out at home. Beside each action, Coach Energie has indicated how big an impact this could have on your energy usage: 10 points or more indicates a substantial energy saving, 3 points a moderate saving and 1 point a smaller saving. Have a go!

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