Transition Wilmslow are hosting an open meeting to discuss how we can use energy in our homes more efficiently and the exciting possibility of a green energy generation hub in Wilmslow and Macclesfield.
Andrew Backhouse of Transition Wilmslow will talk about what we have learnt from doing energy surveys in Wilmslow and how we can reduce energy use in our homes
Mike Rance from Go-Lo Macclesfield will talk about the exciting potential of green energy generation and battery storage based on experience gained in an ongoing project to evaluate battery storage in social housing in Macclesfield and Knutsford. The potential for larger scale green energy storage hubs will also be discussed
The speakers will then be joined by Frances Hill (Centre for Alternative Technology) and Geoff Levermore (University of Manchester) on a discussion panel, chaired by Anthony Jones (Manchester University)
The meeting will take place on Thursday 9th March 2017 at the Friends Meeting House, Bourne St., Wilmslow, 7.30-9.00 pm. Entrance is free with donation for refreshments. All are welcome.
Mike Rance of Go-Lo-Macclesfield said ‘The potential is there to establish community energy hubs by installing solar arrays on the roofs of local amenities with associated battery storage to provide lower cost energy for the benefit of the local community’
Andrew Backhouse said ‘We can do so much by making lots of small savings in energy use in our own homes and its fun thinking about these things’
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News from a Wilmslow Transitioner now living in Western Australia
Transition is really taking off in Australia. Of course they have very similar problems to those in the UK but there are some stark differences too:
- the weather – it’s a lot hotter and good for generating solar power
- there’s a lot less water – months of no rain and bush fire problems
- the soils here, particularly here in Western Australia are very poor, in fact Perth is really one big sand dune
- it’s BIG so things are very spread out and people drive a lot more
The Living Smart Programme
The whole idea started out in Fremantle 2002.
The Living Smart course is a 7 week affair (3 hours every Tuesday evening) consisting of ten key modules: Water Power Waste Simple Living Gardening for Food Transport Healthy You Gardening for Biodiversity Healthy Homes Community
It’s about training people to understand what can make the difference to living sustainably. Importantly, it includes behavioural change techniques that provide participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact – so critical to getting more of what people learn in the course implemented. See more at the Living Smart Website
Here is Marianne’s account of one of the sessions.
Tonight we did a great ice breaker – called “Sustainability Bingo” where we had to find people who did something in each of the categories (these were things like “use your own shopping bags” “cycle to work or shops” “drive a small economical car” etc.). Then we were asked in small groups to declare why we were there (and write it down) and then assess which things individuals in the group had in common. This was followed by an interesting discussion about behavioural change and how important goal setting is (a way of talking to your subconscious as well as a way of recognising and breaking down barriers to change). The course involved being very hands on with lots of activities, tonight mostly focused on what we wanted to know, why we were interested and the behavioural change stuff.
We hope to bring you more news from Marianne soon.