The Sping 2021 edition of SEBRA NEWS W2 featured this two page spread entitled “Green Baywater”. The page referenced links to various green resources, and you will find those links below, and much more besides. Future editions will feature more content on the subject of living green in Bayswater and we shall update this page accordingly.
Contact Green Bayswater
Please send us an email if you would like to be kept updated on green initiatives in Bayswater and/ or if you would like to get involved.
Air pollution calculator
Use this Personal Air Pollution Calculator to find out what you can do to reduce emissions and protect your health.
Live updates on air pollution levels in our area
Sign up to AirText to receive air pollution alerts direct to your phone via text and health advice.
Look out for Clean Air Walking Routes – Some streets have cleaner air than others. Reduce your exposure to air pollution by taking a clean air route https://www.cleanairroutes.london/
Look for cycle parking – Search using this online map
Plan your cycle route – Follow this link
Look for cycle rentals
- Santander Cycles – Transport for London
- Lime Micromobility | Electric Scooter and Bike Rentals
- HumanForest – (Electric Bikes)
Look for electric vehicle charging points – Charging points and electric vehicles UK 2020 – Zap Map
Request an electric charging point – Follow this link
How best to dispose of items
Look for responsible ways to dispose of different items
- Apply for an allotment – https://www.westminster.gov.uk/housing/your-community/parking-garages-sheds-and-allotments
How to reduce energy use in your home
Calculate annual running costs and carbon emissions of your appliances and electricals – Running Cost Calculator for Appliances & Electricals
If you, or someone you know, are on a low-income or receive certain benefits, you may be eligible for a Green Doctor appointment. A Green Doctor will help you find ways to save money on your energy bills while keeping your home warm. Green Doctors London
How to reduce draughts in your home. A helpful guide to draught-proofing – Energy Saving Trust
Getting to grips with your thermostats or heating controls. It’s a simple thing but understanding these settings can make a big difference to your bills. – Thermostats and heating controls – Energy Saving Trust
How to save energy by changing the lighting in your house. – Guide to energy efficient lighting – Energy Saving Trust
Check your home’s energy performance. All rented and owned homes should have a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You can check yours. What type of property is the certificate for? – Find an energy certificate – GOV.UK (communities.gov.uk) and use this guide to decode it Guide to Energy Performance Certificates – Energy Saving Trust
Volunteer to contract businesses to ask them to sign up the #EnginesOff pledge – Follow this link
Westminster City Council Initiatives
The council commissioned the installation of 124 solar power systems across 65 sites in Westminster in 2011, to harbour sustainable energy for homes across the city.
The systems supply electricity to the communal areas such as corridors and lifts of several Westminster-owned housing sites such as the Amberley Estate and Holcroft Court, allowing our residents to benefit from sustainable energy in their homes.They also send energy to the national grid, to help support the use of sustainable energy across the country.
This year, the solar power systems have saved 91 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving a car around the world thirteen times. WCC Climate Change Projects
WCC has installed 450 electric vehicle charging points across the city to help encourage more EVs and the council has plans to reach 1,000 within a year
WCC has launched a recycling initiative: ‘In It To Win It’ on the Halfield Estate and Warwick Estate – Follow this link.
Engine off. Every Stop
WCC supports the London wide campaign aimed at getting drivers to turn their engines off when they are stationary. Champion this initiative. Idling Action London — Reducing engine idling to help clear London’s air
Look at WCC’s Climate Change Emergency website for more information the council’s green initiatives Climate emergency | Westminster City Council
Examples of best practice in other London Councils
Hammersmith & Fulham
H&F Council are installing 56 Small Air monitors on lamp posts across the borough in congested areas ( real time data available to residents)
In November 2020 the council announced that it was starting to install the monitors will pick up the contents of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3), and other solid particles in the air that can be toxic (PM2.5 and PM10). They will collect data at one-minute intervals, which will be published on the council’s website. Mass roll out of air quality monitors in H&F to help tackle pollution and traffic congestion | LBHF
Residents can borrow an energy monitor for 3 weeks. Brent Council offers residents the use of one of four types of energy monitors to help residents understand their home energy usage. It works like a library book loan.
Brent Council – Borrow an energy monitor
Kensington and Chelsea
The council runs a community garden scheme. It transforms under-used, neglected or disused areas of land into allotment style tardens where local residents can grow their own fruit and vegetables. Each plot is aprox 3m2 and there are 70 plots and 1000 residents involved.
Royal Borough Environment Project | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Islington Council Islington
Council has created a world first Burnhill Heat and Power station which uses excess heat from the tube system to generate discounted energy for local residents. Bunhill Heat and Power
Camden has launched a Green helpline helping its residents with free and impartial advice on energy saving, grants and discounts for energy saving measures such as insulation, reducing fuel bills and switching suppliers, preventing damp and mould and renewable energy, reducing waste by composting,
Green Camden Helpline (Camden Council) | Cindex