Feeling the chill?
- We can give you practical help to save money and reduce your bills;
- Get half price curtain lining to insulate your windows;
- Get access to grants and practical help to insulate your home;
- Learn how to keep draughts out of your own home and get materials to do it;
- Borrow a home energy monitor to show where you are spending your money when using electricity;
- Get access to renewable energy generation schemes…
Want to eat more locally grown food?
- We can give you practical help for saving money on your food bills;
- Learn how to grow more of your own food and make your own compost;
- Get a worm box with worms in it eager to make compost for you;
- Get fruit trees for starting up a neighbourhood orchard;
- Find you land to grow food on if you don’t have access to any;
- Get bread, jam making and/or fishing lessons;
Can’t get there by bus or train?
- We will give the first 10 Household Canny Challenge sign ups (each year) a free membership to SpareWheels Car Club worth £25.00 each.
- We can teach you! Our Bikeability qualified cycle instructor can take you through from the basics of learning to balance to being confident enough to cycle in traffic, over a series of one-to-one or group lessons tailored to suit you. Lessons normally cost £20 per hour but folk signing up to the Household Canny Challenge can take part part for free.
Can’t carry what you need?
- Up to £20 to help you use your bike more. We have a small number of grants to contribute towards the cost of panniers, baskets or child-carriers so you can use your bike for shopping and other errands.
Try a trailer
- Canny Households can borrow a range of trailers from Sustaining Dunbar to try out or for one-off journeys.
Learn to Look After Your Bike
- If you would like to know more about keeping your bike in top shape, book a place on one of our ‘Learn-to-look-after-your-bike’ courses. These are run by Weldtech qualified mechanics and are free of charge if you sign up to the Household Canny Challenge.
Bike Maintenance Workshop
- Saturdays at Hallhill 10-12noon. Use our tools to fix your own bike. Assistance provided by qualified mechanics.
- Travel advice – Public transport information – train and bus and recommendations on using
Need a Neighbourhood Group?
If you do not have a Neighbourhood Group where you live and would like to start one up – then we can help you to:
- Get your neighbours together to list what needs fixing, planted, sorted
- help you to bring these issues to the right people at East Lothian Council who can help you improve your neighbourhood
- Assist your Neighbourhood Group to decide if they want to become a formal Tenants and Residents Association or just to work informally
- Help set up a Neighbourhood website, mailing list or Facebook pages
- Get practical support and advice to make your streets safer, plant a neighbourhood orchard or start up a community garden, or take measures to generate and conserve more of your household energy like bulk-buy insulation etc.