How venues can reduce their energy costs

North Yorkshire CC news release

Community and volunteer groups running venues including village halls, sports and leisure facilities, theatres and museums are being offered access to expert advice on how to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and save on running costs. Up to 50 buildings will be included in a free study, which will show members of community and volunteer groups how to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings, enabling them to become more energy-efficient and to save money.

The project will be funded by £75,000 from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is open to venues managed by the community and voluntary sector. Elderly people’s residential care homes are also included.

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Local Energy Generation Proposals for Settle

Sandy Tod

Climate change induced droughts and floods rendering large parts of Africa and Asia unsustainable for human development, require a transition to zero-carbon fuels. Meanwhile energy prices on the world market have tripled due to Putin’s war in Ukraine. These two factors create a global dilemma which national governments struggle to resolve.  Meanwhile, at home, high energy prices make home-grown energy much more viable, while also providing alternatives to expensive, polluting, imported fossil fuels.

By acting now, collectively as a community, to tap our local natural energy resources of solar, wind, hydro etc, our community can join others in not only reducing our emissions, contributing to the global solution, but also controlling local energy prices at reasonable levels.

Do you want to be a part of this energy revolution?

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Soaring electricity prices brings explosive demand for solar panels

Patrick Collinson The Guardian 20 August 2022.

British households are racing to install roof-top solar electricity panels amid huge energy price rises, with installers saying demand has “exploded”. Simon Dudson, the chief executive of the Little Green Energy Company, which serves London and south-east England, says: “It’s absolutely crazy times. It’s unprecedented. We have had a 400-500% increase in business.”

The soaring price of electricity means a domestic solar panel system can now pay for itself in as little as seven years, and the way things are going, that could go down to five years. About a year ago, installers were saying the “payback” period was 15 years or more. Then there are the environmental benefits of solar panels.

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Climate Collapse – a Challenge for us all

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The recent heatwave, described as “apocalyptic” in Spain and France, where it lasted longer than here, extreme winds that brought down so many trees earlier this year, and severe flooding on an increasingly regular basis are all warnings of serious climate collapse induced by global heating.

In Settle, ACE’s Energy Group has been consulting the public locally on how best to decarbonise the energy we use in our homes and businesses. A report, list of potential projects identified at a workshop in May can be downloaded here at:  along with your feedback – closing dates for which was 15th August.

This will now be discussed at our Renewable Energy Workshop 7.00pm -9.00pm on Tuesday 6 September. Come and join us at St Michael and St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9RA. We will be finalising plans to develop more renewable energy locally – your input would be very welcome. RSVP to


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