Free Energy Advice Available by Phone in Derby & Derbyshire

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire (WDD) is a new free energy advice phone line for residents living in Derby & Derbyshire. The phone line offers impartial advice on fuel debt, issues with fuel bills, problems with meters, energy efficiency measures and behavioural change to cut energy use. In some case a follow up home visit is available. At the moment the scheme is particularly helping people to apply for Warm Home Discount (£410 off energy bills for eligible households) ahead of winter and to access funding for broken and faulty boilers to be replaced before autumn arrives.

WDD is a partnership between Marches Energy Agency and local authorities in the area. It is funded by the Energy Redress Scheme, which collects fines from energy companies that have breached rules.

If you or anyone you know might struggle to heat their home one winter arrives, call 0800 677 1332 or email

Buses Make All the Difference During Nottingham’s Rush Hour

Bus lanes, bus access roads and traffic light priority have all been introduced in Nottingham to make sure that bus journeys are as quick and easy as you would expect them to be. A full double decker bus can carry up to 80 people and only takes up the same amount of road space as two cars, so buses are one of the most effective ways of moving people. This why bus lanes are important as they help move large numbers of people around the city without causing tailbacks.

Mansfield Road in Nottingham is a great example of how this works in practice. In the morning rush hour (7.30am-9.30am) buses make up just 5% of the traffic but carry 48% of the people. Plus, over 80% of the cars on their journey in are only carrying one person, so it’s a very inefficient use of the road. More on why bus lanes matter:

Community Carbon Literacy Course Coming to Nottingham

Saturday 5th October, 10am-4:30pm
Sherwood Community Centre, Nottingham 
£15* (includes accreditation)
Bring-and-share lunch
LIMITED SPACES - Book a place

We're excited to announce that the Community Climate Action Network is running its first Carbon Literacy course. This one-day course will equip you and your community to bring about the rapid reduction in carbon emissions required in the next few years by the climate emergency.

It is suitable for:

  • Interested individuals
  • Community groups members
  • Elected members and staff of Parish and Town Councils

This particular course has been created specifically for people living, studying and/or working in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire.

Carbon Literacy is defined as "An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

The Carbon Literacy Project offers a day’s worth of accredited learning, covering:

  • Climate change science
  • Carbon footprints
  • Social equity in relation to climate change
  • What you can do to act - both as an individual and at a community and organisational level
  • Strategies and skills for communicating action on climate change
  • A chance to reflect on the impact climate change is and will have.

In order to achieve accreditation you will need to:

  • Attend the course (6.5hours)
  • Do some work at home ahead of the course (1.5 hours. Involves watching a documentary and completing an online carbon footprint tool)
  • Complete a short written assessment during the course. This will be submitted to the Carbon Literacy Project (CLP). CLP accredits the course and will check your assessment before issuing certificates.

Book a place

We are also planning a course in Derbyshire in November and hope to be able to send out details in early September.

*This course is being funded by the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Local Authority Energy Partnership, a partnership of 18 Local Authorities in the area, and provided by Marches Energy Agency, a Midlands-based charity. The fee charged is simply to cover the cost of accreditation, which will allow you to receive a certificate.

Nottinghamshire Community Energy Fund Open for Applications

A Nottinghamshire community fund is officially open and has up to £20,000 to give away in grants.

Nottinghamshire Community Energy generates renewable energy locally and is owned collectively by members of the local community. All of it's profits are put back into community projects.

The fund is encouraging charities, not-for-profits, schools (non fee paying only) and community benefit societies based in the City and County to make an application and secure a grant of between £2,000 and £5,000. They are looking to fund projects that will reduce fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency or provide renewable energy. Match funding is also looked at favourably.

Applications close on 30th September.

Repair Cafes Spring Up in Nottingham and Derbyshire

There are a number of Repair Cafes, some new, some well established, in Nottingham and Derbyshire. Here are all those we are aware of and the date of their next café. They offer a chance to take your broken items and work with a volunteer to try to fix them, which helps keep items out of landfill. Repairs Café are usually looking for volunteer fixers; get in touch if you’d like to help out.

Want to start a Repair Cafe? Check out one of these websites: