Christchurch and East Dorset Councils are working with two local organisations to offer residents free advice on energy efficiency and water efficiency during Climate Week, which takes place from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 March.
Two ‘Savings Surgery’ drop-in sessions have been arranged where representatives from Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and Dorset Energy Advice Centre (DEAC) will be on hand to offer advice about energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy and ways of saving money.
The first Savings Surgery is at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 4 March, followed by one at the Civic Offices, Christchurch on Friday 7 March, also between 10am and 2pm.
Whilst these sessions have been arranged to help residents, Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership continues to review its own energy and water usage and has taken steps in the past 12 months to monitor consumption more effectively across its sites.
Measures have included Automatic Meter Reader (AMR) meters being fitted to the majority of gas and electricity meters to improve billing accuracy and installation of energy management software to monitor consumption of gas, electricity and water.
The partnership is also trialling three new e-loggers for Sembcorp, allowing precise monitoring of water meters and automated e-alerts to help identify leaks and other problems.
The councils are also looking into the possibility of acquiring an electric vehicle for use by Civil Enforcement Officers and Nissan have agreed to loan the partnership a Nissan Leaf during Climate Week so the vehicle can be assessed.