30 Mar 2016
For the second year, BHESCo has been a champion for the Big Energy Saving Network, a national programme that aims to encourage people to save money on their energy bills by switching supplier or tariff.
It is important to review your energy tariff annually, comparing prices against the market to make sure that you’re not paying too much for your energy supply. The idea is that by switching frequently, consumers can minimise the price they pay, forcing suppliers to keep prices low to retain their customers.
Unfortunately, the energy industry is plagued by inertia, and very few consumers exercise their right to switch annually, if indeed ever. Latest figures estimate that roughly 7 in 10 people are on an expensive standard tariff, paying on average £305 more than the cheapest tariffs available.
The goal of the Big Energy Saving Network is for Champions to go into their communities to engage consumers with their energy bills, demonstrating that there are many choices available and that great savings can be made by those who choose to switch.
As a BESN Champion, BHESCo was able to establish nearly 20 energy advice desks around the city, stretching all the way from Hangleton to Whitehawk and from Moulsecomb to the Lanes. Locations varied from universities to children’s centre’s, health surgeries to pubs, and even to the heart of the Council in Bartholomew House.
By the time the programme finished, we helped over one hundred people to save a combined total of £5,020 on their annual energy bills. In addition, we helped people to qualify for the Warm Home Discount, tackle debt to suppliers, and make their homes more energy efficient.
Being a part of the Big Energy Saving Network has given us a fantastic opportunity to get out into the community and meet the many wonderful people that make Brighton and Hove what it is. We are immensely thankful to every foodbank and community cafe that welcomed us through their doors, and we look forward to seeing all our new friends again when the next BESN starts in October 2016.
In the meantime, for impartial and expert advice on your energy bills, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 Mar 2016
Earth Day is a yearly event celebrated worldwide on 22nd of April. The idea began in 1970 to stimulate environmental discussion in the United States. The first Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans and led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The organisation’s CEO, Denis Hayes, says that Earth Day is “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.” Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action, inspiring behaviour and policy change toward subjects such as Climate Change, Reforestation, Endangered Species and Green Schools.
This year, Earth Day is celebrating its 46th anniversary, with a focus on the theme of “Trees For The Earth”. As part of its ‘Billion Acts of Green‘ initiative, the Earth Day Network has planted over 3 million trees in over 32 countries, and has plans to plant 7.8 billion trees by the time of its 50th anniversary in 2020.
BHESCo is hosting an Earth Day celebration at The One Church in Brighton on April 22nd 2016 at 6.00pm with a screening of the inspirational film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ which features voices from across six continents highlighting the need for systematic economic change.
A Question Time style panel discussion will follow, featuring community representatives from Brighton and Hove involved in areas such as food, transport, energy, money, housing, and environment.
09 Mar 2016
The Age of the Atom was to herald a new dawn in humanity’s quest for energy. Euphoric reports at the time declared that this revolutionary new energy source was so abundant it would be “too cheap to meter“. Our energy worries, we were assured, were over forever…
History of course, has shown none of this naive optimism to be true, and sadly will it prove the same for our current cabinet’s total reliance on nuclear power as the basis of energy policy.
Hinkley is expected to cost between £18-24 billion to construct, of which UK taxpayers are expected to subsidise a significant portion. To compound matters, a substantial share of the profits generated will leave the country due to the plant being owned by French and Chinese investors. Worse still, a future based on nuclear power will maintain the centralised energy system we have now, and let’s not even get started on the cost of clean up, transport security and waste disposal that future generations will thank us for…
Similarly, nuclear weapons are an expensive and dangerous consumer of taxpayer money, and BHESCo is steadfastly against the renewal of Britain’s Trident defence system. We were very proud to join Caroline Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn, and the thousands of protesters in Trafalgar Square to voice our opposition to this £100 billion so-called deterrent, and were profoundly moved to see that so many people shared our view of a nuke-free future.
BHESCo suggests that all money intended to be invested in new nuclear power stations or weapons be transferred to the production of clean, renewable energy. Imagine what we could build with £100 billion? This money could be invested in all manner of new and proven technologies as well as going towards an electricity grid that can handle the distributed energy system we need in order to create real energy security.
The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. It is time to say goodbye to our atomic past, and move toward a brighter, cleaner, and fairer future. We say No to Nuclear Power because this makes the most sense for the future inhabitants of our planet. We say No to Nuclear Power because it does not make sense for our country.