Calling all drinkers!

We know how important it is to carry a drink when you are out and about - at work, at school, walking or out for the day. Well, now there is a Refill Revolution taking place in Bradford on Avon and around the country to help you refill your water bottle

Climate Friendly BoA has persuaded over 19 businesses in the town to sign up to a new scheme allowing people to refill their water bottles on their premises, for no charge, rather than buy single use water bottles.  This will reduce plastic waste and litter in our countryside and rivers. There will be Refill stickers in the windows of most of the refill stations. 

Also a Refill app shows which businesses nearby are happy to fill water bottles. The app offers reward points when people fill their bottle, which can be redeemed to earn a stainless steel water bottle.  The app is free, so for IPhones look up ‘Refill’ and androids find ‘Refill Beta’ in the app stores. 

The sticker on the bottle was designed by Kitty from St Laurence School.

You can sign up to the Bradford on Avon pledge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to stop using single use plastic bottles; please include your name and post code.

Find out more about the Refill scheme here.

So drink with a clear conscience that you are helping to reduce plastic waste.  Thank you!

Fitzmaurice Primary School's energy rating has made an enormous leap from  an 'E' to a 'C', and a high 'C' at that!

Not so many years ago Fitz was doing well with its energy consumption, following some insulation improvements using a grant under the Green Streets programme in 2010.  This helped it gain a 'D' rating, which was pretty good considering the age and construction of their older buildings.

A new extension was then added in 2013/14 and, during this process some industrial dehumidifiers needed to be used as the winter storms had flooded the partially completed buildings.  Soon after the new building had been completed a new EPC inspection took place in preparation for the solar panels to be be installed later in 2014.  This EPC was a disaster for the school's energy ratings because the dehumidifiers had used an enormous amount of electricity.

So when the EPC was renewed at the end of 2016, the school was delighted to learn that not only had the rating improved into the 'C' category, it is in the top half of this.  Clearly the high energy efficiency of the new build, the installation of solar panels and more double glazing installations were the drivers for this.  

The certificate states that a rating of 100, the top end of 'D' would be appropriate for this building, so Fitz really is punching above its weight.

So, well done Fitz, we're really proud of you! Your Eco Schools Green Flag status is well and truly deserved.

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Would you like to save money and contribute to Bradford on Avon’s journey to Carbon Neutrality? Then choosing LED is a simple choice to make. LED lamps are easy to install into most existing sockets and you can begin to enjoy significant savings immediately. More information.

7c94d72d 47cf 4a15 be8d f4f68d2343ecWiltshire County Council is running the Warm and Safe Wiltshire Project in conjunction with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue. As part of this service the Council is able to offer free energy related advice and support to all Wiltshire residents.  Although the service is open to everyone, we can provide more in-depth support, including home visits for more vulnerable residents whose health may be effected by a cold house and who may be struggling with heating, energy bills, damp and mould etc. More information.

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Radflek
is an energy saving radiator reflector.  The manufacturer claims that it reflects 95% of the wasted heat energy radiated from the rear of a radiator back into a room.  Radflek is described as a laminated aluminium foil with a long lasting coating that prevents oxidation and preserves its high reflectivity. Hence with Radflek fitted you should use less energy to heat rooms and so energy bills will be less. See full report here.