CAXTON HOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Caxton House is a community centre based in St John’s Way close to Archway in the borough of Islington. Its objectives are to tackle poverty, to support children and vulnerable older people through accessible informal learning events and to develop and deliver a portfolio of innovative, highly responsive and community-led projects and in order to help the local neighbourhood take ownership of improving community cohesion, and wellbeing.
PUNL approached Caxton House about the opportunity to apply for the Islington Community Energy Fund in two areas, LED lighting and fuel efficiency advice to the community. Tanuja Pandit from PUNL worked on the application with Sue Collins and Paul Furze at Caxton House. CH was awarded the full grant of £8,900 and have since replaced their remaining 82 fluorescent lights with more energy efficient LEDs. PUNL also partnered with Thinking Works to organise two well-attended workshops on achieving energy savings in the home.
The energy saving from replacing the T5 fluorescent lights with LEDs is projected at 5,397kWh per year and the related annual carbon dioxide saving as 3 tonnes. In the first quarter since the installation of the LED lights in March 2018 Caxton House is registering a 30% reduction in its energy consumption. This will be monitored and reported on in the coming months.
The energy efficiency workshops were very well received as the snapshot of feedback shows. They could become a regular feature at Caxton House potentially using the savings generated from the switch to LED lights.
Quotes from attendees
“Well presented at a level that was easy to understand”
“Very helpful in ways to make savings”
“I learnt a lot and will do things differently from now”