One of the main ways of reducing the Eynsham Area’s carbon footprint is to help people use less carbon; GreenTEA does this by
helping people to use less energy through:
- insulating their homes and adapting their lifestyle
- creating less waste
- eating and growing local food
- using less carbon-intensive transport
Most homes in the Eynsham Area can cut their energy costs and their carbon output. The easiest way of doing that is by insulating houses.
GreenTEA has a Thermal Imaging camera; it takes thermal images which show the heat escaping from a building. Images can be helpful in identifying areas which could benefit from insulation (such as lofts and cavity walls), as well as finding leaks and suggesting other simpler measures for saving energy. These surveys need to be carried out 3-4 hours after sunset, in order to distinguish heat loss from inside the house from heat stored by the walls from the sun. In addition surveys can not be done during or after rainy weather. However we have already managed to survey over 400 houses, and will be continuing the program next winter. To join the list for this free service, please email your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com.
This leaflet contains some examples of images and interpretation, suggestions for improvements and advice on fitting, supplies and funding. More detailed information is available on the thermal imaging page.
GreenTEA has arranged draught-proofing tests by a local company. Draught proofing can be a cheap and easy way of improving the thermal comfort of your house and saving energy.
Support for Community Buildings (Village Hall, Churches, etc)
The thermal imaging program has recently taken images of several of the community buildings in the village, and the energy group worked in conjunction with the Low Carbon Hub to develop the project to install solar panels on the Village Hall and the Tolkien Room. We are happy to hear from representatives of any community buildings who would like advice on lowering their carbon emissions and/or investigating the potential for installation of solar panels.
GreenTEA helps people to calculate their own (or their families’) carbon footprint. We use a computer programme which inputs your spending on electricity and gas over the past year, your travel (work and holiday), your pets (yes), and even your eating styles (vegetarian, or not) – and it shows you, instantly, your total carbon output, what proportion comes from energy, travel, food, pets, etc – and how you compare to other people in Britain and in the world.
GreenTEA can offer advice on how you can cut your carbon consumption over a year. You’re free to decide what steps to take – there’s no guilt-tripping or difficult maths involved. Just the chance to help the planet and save money on your energy bills.
This service is completely free – click here to sign up.
How much carbon we consume depends to a large extent on our lifestyle. GreenTEA runs Carbon Conversations, a 6 x 2-hours course which encourages people to think about the carbon-effect of their lifestyle (train or plane, oranges from Peru or Spain, replacing the microwave, etc. To sign up click here.