Home energy retrofit pilot info session

Eastside People Power FREE Home energy retrofit pilot info session
Saturday 11 March, 2 to 4pm, Easton Community Centre

Pop into Easton Community Centre to find out about the home energy retrofit training we’ll be launching in the spring. We’ll also have free food from Houria, a DIY draught-proofing workshop and tips and materials to reduce your electric and gas bills.

For more information contact Emily on emily@upourstreet.org.uk

What is home energy retrofit?
Changes to a home to make it more comfortable, keep bills down and help the planet by reducing the amount of energy it uses. For example, insulation and draught-proofing to keep cold air from coming in and improving ventilation to prevent damp and mould.


Home energy retrofit pilot

Eastside is excited to share the launch of a free home energy retrofit pilot that we will be running this spring. Be part of a small group of local residents learning about steps we can take in our homes to make them more energy efficient and free from damp and mould.

The programme will offer hands-on practical experience to see what it actually means to retrofit our homes in a variety of local housing types, and help you share what you learn more widely in the community. 

The programme will be led by Bristol Energy Network and Energy Tracers CIC. 

We’re looking for 10 Eastside members keen to take steps in their own homes and share what they learn with others in the community along the way. Guidance and support will be given throughout based on your particular circumstances (renting/owning, old/new home, how much funding is available, etc.). This is to help our community respond to rising energy prices, hotter and colder temperatures and changes to the way we heat our homes. It’s also to help prepare our local area for future home energy grants and other support. 

We aren’t looking for energy experts. What we are looking for is neighbours and active community members open to learning together, asking questions and helping to get information out to all corners of our community. 

The FREE programme will include: 

  • Full thermal imaging survey of your home to understand improvements to be made and how best to do them 

  • Energy retrofit report, which could be used to access future funding  

  • Six-week training programme, including online sessions and in-person DIY draught-proofing practice with experts  

  • Ongoing peer and technical support as you start taking steps on your own home 

  • Support from Eastside Community Trust to help you share what you learn with others in the community  

  • Follow-up survey to see the change your actions have made and make sure everything is installed properly in your home 

Could you be an energy champion in our community?  

We’re looking for people who are: 

  • Well connected to your local community and passionate about helping friends and neighbours 

  • Ready to try taking steps in your home to make it more efficient, and share what you learn along the way through photos and video with help from Eastside 

  • Keen to share what you learn and engage with other members of the training cohort  

  • Open to trying something new and learning with us as we go to create a home retrofit model that works in our community 


**Champions do not need to own your own home or have previous energy or DIY experience. We want to make this programme doable for anyone who wants to participate, and we will work with participants to make sure you have the support you need to participate fully. 


To find out more: 

  • Stop by Easton Community Centre between 2-4pm on Saturday 11 March to find out more about the pilot programme and talk to Emily and project partners Bristol Energy Network and Energy Tracers. There will also be food provided by Houria and draught-proofing workshops to pick up some new skills. 

  • We will also be hosting a drop-in information session for families with children at Felix Road Adventure Playground on 9 March – please contact Emily for more details.  

  •  Interested but not able to stop by either drop-in session? Email Emily on emily@upourstreet.org.uk to set up a chat.