ABOUT

About Us

Forth Valley Communities for Conservation is a project run by the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

In 2018 we were awarded over £238k to run the project for two years with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide (C02) emissions in the Forth Valley area.

Our Team

Our Funders

About Us

Forth Valley Communities for Conservation is a project run by the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

In 2018 we were awarded over £238k to run the project for two years with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide (C02) emissions in the Forth Valley area.

Our Team

Our Funders

HOW WE FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

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1. Energy
Efficiency

We give advice surrounding energy efficiency at home and at work.

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2. Cycling
Scheme

We have an environmentally friendly cycle scheme

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3. Eco
Driving

We train drivers on fuel efficiency.

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4. Carbon
Conversations

We host climate change talks

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1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

We provide FREE home and business energy assessments to help you cut your energy usage which will reduce both your bills, meaning that you pay less, and your C02 emissions, meaning you help prevent climate change.

Call

Once you have booked for a visit and an energy assessment, one of our Community Link Officers will call you to arrange a date to come around to your property for the first of two visits.

Energy Assessment

1. We look around your home and point out areas where savings could be made.

2. We look at bills that you have from the same time last year, as well as your current bill. 

3. We note down the meter readings from these bills before taking the current readings for your meter.

Savings Calculated

We will come for a second visit (two or three months after the first) to see how much energy you have managed to save.

Turn the lights off
You can save up to £240 by changing your old light bulbs to LED lights.
Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use
You are wasting between £45 and £80 by leaving things switched on or on standby.
Use eco/quick/30 degrees setting on our washing machine or dishwasher
You can save £27 by washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 60 degrees.
When boiling the kettle, only use the amount of water you need
You can save £36 by filling the kettle with 2 cups instead of full
Have shorter showers
You can save £40 by reducing the time you spend in the shower by 5 minutes.
Cover pots and pans when cooking
Water boils 30% faster with a lid and a lid also reduces moisture (and therefore damp).
Install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) and only turn them on in rooms you use
- You can save £15 by fitting reflective radiator panels.
- You can save £50 by using the TRV properly. 
Set your thermostat to the correct temperature (18 degrees in the hall, 21 degrees in the living areas)
- Close the doors in each room.
- You can save £127 by turning the thermostat down by just one degree. 
Close your blinds and shut your curtains at dusk
Draw the curtains or blinds at dusk can reduce heat loss by 15%. Get thick curtains.

• Make sure any lights inside units are switched off when it's not in use or outside of trading hours, and change bulbs to LEDs where possible.
• Switch off all appliances not in use and don’t leave on overnight
• Install draft proofing around doors and windows
• Don’t leave the main door open
• Only cool to the temperature needed - every 1°C saved could reduce energy consumption by 2%
• Make sure refrigeration units are regularly serviced, and check that condensers and evaporators are kept clean and fans and defrost systems are working correctly.
• Where possible, keep refrigeration units far away from any sources of heat (including direct sunlight) and draughts. For example, severe draughts can increase the energy consumption of open fronted display cabinets by up to 95%. Leave space around the unit's vents so it can draw in and expel air.
• Conduct and Energy Audit. The Community Link Officer can provide you with further information and a check list.

Home & Business Visits

Call

Once you have booked for a visit and an energy assessment, one of our Community Link Officers will call you to arrange a date to come around to your property for the first of two visits.

Energy Assessment

1. We look around your home and point out areas where savings could be made.

2. We look at bills that you have from the same time last year, as well as your current bill. 

3. We note down the meter readings from these bills before taking the current readings for your meter.

Savings Calculated

We will come for a second visit (two or three months after the first) to see how much energy you have managed to save.

Energy Efficiency Tips

Turn the lights off
You can save up to £240 by changing your old light bulbs to LED lights.
Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use
You are wasting between £45 and £80 by leaving things switched on or on standby.
Use eco/quick/30 degrees setting on our washing machine or dishwasher
You can save £27 by washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 60 degrees.
When boiling the kettle, only use the amount of water you need
You can save £36 by filling the kettle with 2 cups instead of full
Have shorter showers
You can save £40 by reducing the time you spend in the shower by 5 minutes.
Cover pots and pans when cooking
Water boils 30% faster with a lid and a lid also reduces moisture (and therefore damp).
Install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) and only turn them on in rooms you use
- You can save £15 by fitting reflective radiator panels.
- You can save £50 by using the TRV properly. 
Set your thermostat to the correct temperature (18 degrees in the hall, 21 degrees in the living areas)
- Close the doors in each room.
- You can save £127 by turning the thermostat down by just one degree. 
Close your blinds and shut your curtains at dusk
Draw the curtains or blinds at dusk can reduce heat loss by 15%. Get thick curtains.

• Make sure any lights inside units are switched off when it's not in use or outside of trading hours, and change bulbs to LEDs where possible.
• Switch off all appliances not in use and don’t leave on overnight
• Install draft proofing around doors and windows
• Don’t leave the main door open
• Only cool to the temperature needed - every 1°C saved could reduce energy consumption by 2%
• Make sure refrigeration units are regularly serviced, and check that condensers and evaporators are kept clean and fans and defrost systems are working correctly.
• Where possible, keep refrigeration units far away from any sources of heat (including direct sunlight) and draughts. For example, severe draughts can increase the energy consumption of open fronted display cabinets by up to 95%. Leave space around the unit's vents so it can draw in and expel air.
• Conduct and Energy Audit. The Community Link Officer can provide you with further information and a check list.

2. CYCLING

We believe in using envirnmentally-friendly transport, where possible. To support people in their biking adventures, we offer the services below.

The Cycling Club

If you fancy going out for a bike ride with a few like-minded people then our cycling club could be just the thing for you, and the best bit…you don’t even need to own a bike, you can borrow one of ours for FREE!

To find out when our next rides are check out our Facebook page.

The Cycling Club is run in partnership with the Falkirk Active Travel Hub which aims to increase the amount of active travel journeys made in Falkirk and the local area, through improving skills, knowledge, confidence and access to bikes.

We organise leisurely rides around the local Falkirk area, nothing too hard and often with a coffee and cake stop as well! A qualified Cycle Ride Leader will show you the way and deal with any little problems that might crop up along the way, such as a chain falling off or a puncture.

As well as our Cycling Club we also organise bespoke Led Rides for groups. These can be wherever you want, though we would always take advice from the Cycle Ride Leader. If you want to borrow our bikes though, the ride would need to be near Falkirk Stadium.

There is no charge for this service, and we have both male and female Cycle Ride Leaders, so if you’d like to book a led ride for your group, please click the button.

We have a fleet of 13 adult bikes that you can borrow, including two electric bikes, and all bikes come with a cycle helmet.

Standard bikes can be borrowed for up to 7 days and the electric bikes can be borrowed for single days or weekends.

Dr Bike is a bike maintenance service that we run, mainly in Falkirk, in conjunction with Recyke-a-Bike

If you’ve got a bike that could do with a little TLC, or maybe just the once over, then you can bring it along to one of our Dr Bike sessions and a qualified bike mechanic will see what they can do.

We can replace small parts, such as brake blocks, cables and some inner tubes, but if we can’t get you up and running we’ll point you in the direction of a service that can.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the next session.

If you fancy going hi-tec, want to be able to ride further, or just need a little help, then an electric bike could be just what you need.

Electric, or ebikes, do not work the same way as a scooter. You still need to pedal to move, but there is power available to give you a hand when you need, or want, it, such as going up a hill.

Ebikes are more expensive than regular bikes, but don’t let that put you off as you can get a 4 year interest free loan from the Energy Saving Trust. This scheme is funded by Transport Scotland (an agency of the Scottish Government).

Get in touch to find out more.

Cycling Club

The Cycling Club

If you fancy going out for a bike ride with a few like-minded people then our cycling club could be just the thing for you, and the best bit…you don’t even need to own a bike, you can borrow one of ours for FREE!

To find out when our next rides are check out our Facebook page.

The Cycling Club is run in partnership with the Falkirk Active Travel Hub which aims to increase the amount of active travel journeys made in Falkirk and the local area, through improving skills, knowledge, confidence and access to bikes.

We organise leisurely rides around the local Falkirk area, nothing too hard and often with a coffee and cake stop as well! A qualified Cycle Ride Leader will show you the way and deal with any little problems that might crop up along the way, such as a chain falling off or a puncture.

Bespoke Led bikes
As well as our Cycling Club we also organise bespoke Led Rides for groups. These can be wherever you want, though we would always take advice from the Cycle Ride Leader. If you want to borrow our bikes though, the ride would need to be near Falkirk Stadium.

There is no charge for this service, and we have both male and female Cycle Ride Leaders, so if you’d like to book a led ride for your group, please click the button.

Borrow A Bike
We have a fleet of 13 adult bikes that you can borrow, including two electric bikes, and all bikes come with a cycle helmet.

Standard bikes can be borrowed for up to 7 days and the electric bikes can be borrowed for single days or weekends.

Dr Bike
Dr Bike is a bike maintenance service that we run, mainly in Falkirk, in conjunction with Recyke-a-Bike

If you’ve got a bike that could do with a little TLC, or maybe just the once over, then you can bring it along to one of our Dr Bike sessions and a qualified bike mechanic will see what they can do.

We can replace small parts, such as brake blocks, cables and some inner tubes, but if we can’t get you up and running we’ll point you in the direction of a service that can.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the next session.

Ebikes
If you fancy going hi-tec, want to be able to ride further, or just need a little help, then an electric bike could be just what you need.

Electric, or ebikes, do not work the same way as a scooter. You still need to pedal to move, but there is power available to give you a hand when you need, or want, it, such as going up a hill.

Ebikes are more expensive than regular bikes, but don’t let that put you off as you can get a 4 year interest free loan from the Energy Saving Trust. This scheme is funded by Transport Scotland (an agency of the Scottish Government).

Get in touch to find out more.

3. ECO-DRIVING

Our FREE 50 minute training sessions are led by a trained driving instructor, who will advise you how to drive more efficiently, both economically and environmentally, helping you to save money and C02.

Short Drive

The session starts with the driving instructor guiding you as you drive a short route around town.

Tips

Once back at the starting place, the instructor will give you tips on how to drive more efficiently, both economically and environmentally.

Drive Again

Equipped with the advice you have been given, you will drive the route again. Following the second drive, a percentage improvement can be calculated.

Results

A couple of weeks after your session you will receive an email showing your percentage improvement, and how much money and CO2e you could save over a year if you continue to drive fuel efficiently.

Reduced fuel consumption (up to 25% reduction)

Reduced carbon emissions

Decreased driving costs

Decreased risk of accidents while driving

Lower risk of vehicle wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches

Demonstrates your commitment to the environment

car-min
We do not currently have any available dates, however when we do they will be listed below.
Training Session

Short Drive

The session starts with the driving instructor guiding you as you drive a short route around town.

Tips

Once back at the starting place, the instructor will give you tips on how to drive more efficiently, both economically and environmentally.

Drive Again

Equipped with the advice you have been given, you will drive the route again. Following the second drive, a percentage improvement can be calculated.

Results

A couple of weeks after your session you will receive an email showing your percentage improvement, and how much money and CO2e you could save over a year if you continue to drive fuel efficiently.
Benefits

Reduced fuel consumption (up to 25% reduction)

Reduced carbon emissions

Decreased driving costs

Decreased risk of accidents while driving

Lower risk of vehicle wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches

Demonstrates your commitment to the environment

car-min
Available Dates
We do not currently have any available dates, however when we do they will be listed below.

4. CARBON CONVERSATIONS

We provide Carbon Conversations to community groups to help them understand climate change, how it will affect their family, and how they can help tackle the problem.
Our 60 minute Carbon Conversations will help your community to see the bigger climate change picture, the effect that it is having on the world, and the simple ways we can all help. The conversations include presentations and group discussions, as well as light-hearted games and quizzes. The Carbon Conversations are free to all in the Forth Valley Area, so if you would like to know more or book a Conversation, please click the link below.

Learn what climate change is and how it will affect you and your family

Gain a better understanding about what is causing climate change

Find out what effects are being made to tackle climate change

Find out what our options are

Learn what you can do to help

Discover what the biggest personal carbon emitters are

Training Session
Our 60 minute Carbon Conversations will help your community to see the bigger climate change picture, the effect that it is having on the world, and the simple ways we can all help. The conversations include presentations and group discussions, as well as light-hearted games and quizzes. The Carbon Conversations are free to all in the Forth Valley Area, so if you would like to know more or book a Conversation, please click the link below.
Benefits

Learn what climate change is and how it will affect you and your family

Gain a better understanding about what is causing climate change

Find out what effects are being made to tackle climate change

Find out what our options are

Learn what you can do to help

Discover what the biggest personal carbon emitters are

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