Present: Anthony Slaughter, Catherine Wenger, Russell Jones, Tony Cooke, Tricia Griffiths, Nonn Vaughan (chair) and 26 others.
Apologies: Susannah McWilliam
Tricia welcomed GPG members and visitors to the meeting. Before handing over to David Johns and James Kerry from the Energy Saving Trust, the following items were covered.
Monday, 7th February, 6pm in The Windsor Arms GREEN DRINKS
Monday, 7th March, 6pm in The Windsor Arms AGM & Update on Projects
NB Anyone who is a member of GPG is welcome to put themselves forward for the Management Committee. Two members of the Management Committee were standing down, Mary Taster and Ramesh Patel (Hon. Treasurer). Tricia explained that membership of the committee need not be for any great length of time and she went on to thank Ramesh for his work as treasurer over the past year.
Sometime in March/April – RECYCLING EVENT IN TOWN – opportunity to find out what we should be recycling and how…
Orchard: Under the guidance of Anthony, several GPG members had planted 30 trees in Cosmeston Park. Keen appreciation was expressed for this successful outcome.
Community Gardens: Potential sites now identified and further plans will be firmed up at their
next meeting on 19th Jan, 6pm in The Windsor Arms. Nonn encouraged more people to join this group which offered many opportunities for people interested in growing and taking part in a really hands on community project.
Bags: Design finalised. Going to printers soon. Bags to be distributed to children in year 6 and any left to Shop in Penarth businesses to sell (if they want them) and for promotion.
Christmas Tree Festival: SiP entered a tree given by Hamptons and decorated by Image and GPG’s tree was provided free with decorations made from recycled material by Gloria and Kate. No prizes but Tricia was proud to hear the GPG tree described as “the only humble tree”.
SiP: Next offers due for February. Group taking stock of scheme at moment and looking at best way of promoting it for the Spring. Probably going to have a Shop in Penarth week to coincide with the national Pier Week (12th March). Round green signs now printed and being distributed. Very important to get these up in all the participating businesses.
TALK ON ENERGY IN THE HOME BY THE ENERGY SAVING TRUST –
David Johns and James Kerry started their presentation with an overview of what the Energy Saving Trust does. It is a national, government funded body devoted to advising on ways of saving energy in the home. The EST advisory number is: 0800 512 012 (covers whole of Wales) David went on to outline the main ways to reduce consumption and costs:
Insulation: 30% of heat lost through walls – vital to insulate where possible. From 1920s onwards, most houses have cavity walls which makes insulation straightforward. Two ways of insulation for solid walls: a) externally, add insulation layer then render (planning permission required), b) internally, add insulated plasterboard (very disruptive) or, less effectively, paper with Sempatap. Loft insulation – heavily subsidised. Various queries raised re condensation, depths and quality of material etc. Advised to get survey from recognised company and/or advice from Energy Saving Trust. Hot water tanks should always be insulated. Grants are available for some types of insulation – particularly for those over 70. Further information Energy Saving Trust and general information from: www.nationalinsulationassociation.org.uk
Domestic appliances: Modern appliances now carry ratings – ‘A’ best. Tumbledriers huge consumers of energy – newer models better if used for drier clothes. Kettles – only fill with amount of water required – suggested buying an Eco kettle. Zip taps can save on water use. Important to remember to adjust controls on all forms of heaters – according to need. AGAs very high on energy consumption.
Green Energy: Several queries about the advantages of switching to a green supplier – matter of personal choice – see www.greenenergyoptions.co.uk
Computers & TVs – Laptops use less energy. Always best to switch off – even if using within short space of time.
Solar Panels: Wide ranging discussion on the pros and cons of installing panels. Important to use approved suppliers. Average cost between £10,000 – £14,000. Various ways of getting loans which become attached to the house and are passed on if property is sold.
Tricia thanked David and James for providing a wide ranging presentation on the very important subject of saving energy in the home. She was particularly pleased that those present were not only keen to save money, but primarily were interested in cutting carbon emissions.
Collection: £22 collected.