Cottenham Community Centre – Home Energy Drop-in – Tuesday 19 September

Home Energy Saving Drop-In Event

Cottenham Community Centre has teamed up with the Sustainable Cottenham group to put on an event supporting local residents to get their homes fit for winter.

The Home Energy Saving Drop-In will take place on Tuesday 19 September from 5.30pm to 9pm and will feature a host of experts ready to give tailored advice on everything from fitting solar panels or heat pumps to getting support with bills or the cost of home improvements.

Cottenham Community Centre’s Mike Smith said: “We want to support our community with the transition to low-carbon homes. Everyone deserves to live in a home which is cosy in the winter, and whether you’re struggling with bills and need help to replace a draughty window, or you’ve money to spend on renewable energy solutions but are confused by the choices, the experts at our event will be able to help you.

Experts include representatives from Cambridge Solar, Better Housing Better Health, Green Hat Construction, Utility Warehouse, local councils and charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint. There will be a programme of short talks, gaming with a carbon-saving theme and free tea and coffee. The community centre bar will also be open from 6pm.

Sustainable Cottenham’s Chris Ward said: “Many people want to improve the heating and insulation of their homes but can’t easily find out what would work best for them. This Energy Saving Drop-In event will be a brilliant opportunity to ask experts’ advice and hear some interesting short talks while relaxing with a drink and refreshments. And all right here in Cottenham. Added to that, everyone attending will qualify for free entry into a draw for Sunday lunch or pizzas at our popular local pub, The Chequers.

The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring along their utility bills or relevant photos of their homes for discussion with the experts.


5.45 – 6.00 Cottenham Community Centre,‘Solar Installation at CCC, Steve Poole & Tim Bustin, Trustees 

6.05 – 6.20 PECT, Save Energy Cut Costs – Advice & Support, Nikki Dekker, Domestic Energy Lead

6.25 – 6.40 Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Open Eco Homes; Thermal Imaging Surveys, Fran Sutton, Home Energy Officer

6.45 – 7.00 Rixon Architecture, Retrofit planning: a whole house approach, James Rixon, Architect

7.05 – 7.30 Transition Cambridge, Low Carbon Heating Options, Nicola Terry, Energy Group

7.35 – 7.50 Cambridge Solar, Solar PV Systems, Owen Morgan, Managing Director

7.55 – 8.10 Green Hat Construction, External Wall Insulation, Tim Acheson, Managing Director

8.15 – 8.30 Better Housing, Better Health, BHBH service in the East, Robyn Khan, Senior Project officer

8.35 – 8.45 Cottenham Community Centre, Solar Installation at CCC, Steve Poole & Tim Bustin, Trustees 

8.45 Chequers Prize Draw

Note all speakers will be on hand throughout the event to respond to your individual queries and provide advice.