Have you seen information about our energy cafés but aren't sure they’re for you? We get it. Offering free advice could seem suspicious to some, let alone free cake. But, firstly, you should know that our energy advice sessions are entirely volunteer-led and grant-funded; our lovely trained energy advisors are just people helping people and being kind to the planet along the way.
We also know talk of fuel poverty can throw some people. And while this affects 11% of the UK population, it’s important to know that our energy cafés are suitable for everyone and anyone. More specifically, anyone who pays energy bills, and/or who would like to reduce their carbon footprint. Fuel poverty is just one (albeit important) aspect of the scheme.
How does it work?
Come along to one of our drop-in sessions at your local library or community centre. No appointment necessary – all you need is your latest energy bill. Our trained energy advisors can then sit down with you to provide personalised, impartial advice and support on switching energy tariffs, energy-saving measures and small behaviour changes – all over tea and cake. The service is free and could save you hundreds of pounds.
Depending on circumstances, we can also arrange in-home visits or grant application support through our partners Thinking Works, a not-for-profit company that can assess your needs and fit water- and energy-saving devices in your home free of charge. So far, so good?
When and where?
The cafés take place in ‘blocks’ of up to six weeks in the same location – typically libraries or community centres. This gives you the chance to return the following week with additional information and bills, or after discussing your options with a family member. See our upcoming energy café locations and dates here.
We tailor our advice to all kinds of situations, from inquisitive eco-warrior to households struggling to make ends meet. Pop in and see us!
Commonside Community Development Trust