Energy Alton is run entirely by volunteers. It grew out of the Greening Alton and Holybourne campaign, which started in 2009. In January 2012 we won a £84,000 government grant and we ran a High Street Advice Centre on energy efficiency during that year.
In 2011 we registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and then became a Community Interest Company in 2014.
Since 2010, we have offered to the public free home energy surveys. In 2012 we bought a camera to offer free thermal imaging. We also helped families to obtain free loft insulation while it was available. We have held energy-saving and renewable energy workshops and demonstrations. We also ran an advice desk in Alton Library for some years. Advice is now available on request.
In 2014 Energy Alton won a Community Renewable Energy Award from the National Energy Foundation for installing a 10KW solar photovoltaic system on Alton Library.
Through our regular programme of public meetings, special events and links with other organisations, we also promote other sustainability issues such as energy-efficient transport and travel and effective waste management.