Basingstoke – We’ve made many transitions before.
But this one’s bigger!
Basingstoke is a great place to live, and to work. And we’re lucky – we live in one of the wealthiest towns, in the wealthiest region in one of the World’s wealthiest countries.
In the 50 and 60s our prosperity was built on agriculture and manufacturing, in the 60s, 70s and 80s on housing, transport and services; in the 90s and noughties on the boom in finance and IT – so one thing is certain times change and Basingstoke changes with them.
So what of the future?
Has Basingstoke got the energy?
Basingstoke spends about £550 Million a year on importing energy from other parts of the world. That’s a huge drain on the local economy – All is does is enrich Middle Eastern oil sheikhs, Russian gas oligarch and the shareholders of the big “six” energy oligopoly. We are blessed with huge natural resources in the Borough – we could meet 20% of our energy needs from energy generated from local free resources – like the sun and the rain. That’ll save us all £110 Million a year. Just think what we could so we that!
How to save £1,000 a year on energy bills.
Making our own energy is not the only answer. We need to be much more efficient at using the stuff. A car is only about 25% efficient. Our homes leak heat. 50% of the energy in a electricity power plant goes up the chimney (well up the cooling tower really). Basingstoke Transition has been running a series of workshop on how to save £1,000 a year on energy bills. A copy is here. If you want us to run a workshop in our community please contact us. It’s FREE.