"Delighted!" is school technician Gordon Taylor's response to new
movement sensor light switches at Stafford Sports College.
Many people in and around Stafford have benefitted from energy-saving changes to their community buildings, and some have even gained a valuable source of income from installing solar panels. The buildings featured in this section include community centres, village halls, churches, schools, a football club and even a sandwich bar!
They should inspire and encourage you if you are thinking about doing something similar for a building you know – whether to make it more economical to run, create a warmer and more comfortable space, or reduce its carbon footprint.
"Energy efficiency measures and a cheaper tariff are saving my church £2000 a year," says the Rev'd Elaine Evans, vicar of St Bertelin's Church, Stafford.
Most of these examples have happened as a result of communities, neighbourhoods and groups working together, helped and supported by Stafford Borough Council, Sustainability Matters, or other agencies.
Often they have been part of broader projects with the aim of creating stronger and more caring communities that are adopting more eco-friendly lifestyles. See the Borough Council's Sustainable Communities pages for more details. If you want help with your own building or community project, email at Stafford Area Save Your Energy.
Click on the links below to find out more:
- Arthur Findlay Centre is 'energy aware'
- Brocton FC scores with solar PV!
- Derrington Village Hall's energy makeover
- Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre
- Insulation cuts costs at Signpost Centre
- Jock's Sandwich Bar
- Littleworth Community Centre
- Littleworth Guide Hut gets a warm-up
- North End Community Centre cuts heating bill by a third!
- Sea Cadets get brighter base with new lights
- Silkmore School powered by the sun!
- St Bertelin's church
- St John's Church in Littleworth: the lights shineth bright!
- St Peter's Church and Community Centre
- Stafford Manor High School trims energy use
- Warmer Holmcroft: helping to cut energy bills for the community