Kings Worthy residents have spent the last two years working on a community-centred energy reduction project.  This culminates in a community Big Switch Off between 6 – 7pm on Sunday 19th November.  Residents are signing up via Facebook, websites and community sign-up points to use as little electricity as possible for just one hour. 

Kings Worthy has lots of community groups and activities but residents also wanted to go a step further by trying to be more sustainable as a community.  The Connecting Kings Worthy project has been working to get residents thinking about how much electricity they use.  Over 65% of the electricity on the grid is from fossil fuels and in the winter this can be much higher. Residents have been using timers, slow cookers and eco-settings on appliances to reduce the demand on peak electricity between 4-8pm.

 The Big Switch Off planned for Sunday 19th November (6-7 pm) is a chance for the whole community to come together to demonstrate our collective power to work together – making Kings Worthy an even stronger and more resilient community.

 To sign up, check out www.connectingkingsworthy.org.uk

visit the Connecting Kings Worthy Facebook page.

Notes to Editors:

1.            Connecting Kings Worthy is a local community group formed through the SAVE project.

 2.            The SAVE research project aims to work with the community of Kings Worthy to explore the best ways to talk about home energy reduction. By helping the community achieve a local goal with a positive impact, the project aims to establish better communication with residents about energy behaviours and achieve meaningful and lasting reductions in energy consumption. Over two years 2016 and 2017, a dedicated project worker is working with local residents to explore these issues.

 3.            The research project is being funded by Ofgem (the energy industry regulator) through the Low Carbon Network Fund and delivered by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and delivered locally by Winchester Action on Climate change.

4.            Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future. 

5.            WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.

6.            For further information visit winacc.org.uk or call Tom Brenan, Executive Director on 01962 827083 / 07731 960320 or email tom.brenan@winacc.org.uk

7.            Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.