Our energy section aims to keep you informed about what the Transition Wilmslow Energy Group is currently doing. Latest minutes from the the last Energy Group meeting are now available here.
How do we support local politicians who are talking up making Cheshire East carbon-neutral? How can we use the knowledge we have to encourage the best actions? Some of us are meeting to discuss possibilities and hope to have them discussed further at the Transition Wilmslow meeting on Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm. We do have experts – Flo Collier on Passivhaus housing, and Frances Hill as a senior lecturer in sustainable engineering at the Centre for Alternative Technology, plus what we have done in talking/surveying houses in Wilmslow and Handforth. But we need to change behaviours, not just houses! Ideas welcome….
Mike Rance (previously of GoLo Macclesfield) came to talk to the Energy Group in April about a potential battery storage project in Wilmslow in collaboration with Anesco www.anesco.co.uk Anesco are currently building a large battery storage facility in Macclesfield, which will be used to balance the load on the National Grid network.
The aim of the new project is to install PV on the High School and Leisure Centre to generate electricity, and to link with a large battery to store the electricity when it is not being used, rather than exporting it all to the grid.
December 2017: Low carbon Supper!
The energy group hosted a pot luck , low carbon supper in December, enjoying lots of home grown and home made dishes , including lots of raw vegetables , local potatoes and cheeses, home made pates , strawberries, cake and mince pies. We are also planning another one when the weather is warmer sometime in 2018. We discussed mainly energy surveys, and plastics , the general feeling is that although we are not experts , there is still good value in using the thermal camera to identify poor areas of insulation in all housing where people would like a free survey!
Thursday 9 March: Open House Energy Meeting – How can we reduce our carbon footprint in Wilmslow and save money?
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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Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral – Field Visit 9 May
The Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project is a community-led initiative that is aimed at making Ashton Hayes the first carbon neutral community in England. Since January 2006 carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 23% as a result of the community working together, sharing ideas and through behaviour change. They are about to start work on a community owned renewable energy power station.
Professor Roy Alexander is leading a field trip in Ashton Hayes on Saturday 9 May, 10.30am to 3.00pm, to show carbon neutrality in action. Meet at Ashton Hayes Sports Pavilion, Ashton Lane, Ashton Hayes, CH3 8AA. The cost is £5 each, advance booking required. Contact Dr Diane Spivey : 07708 427332, email@example.com or see the RGS website for details.
For more information about the project see their website: http://www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk/background/
Would your house look like this from the outside? If it was cold outside the house, and warm inside, and you had a thermal imaging camera to take the picture, you would be worried. Why? Because the red is heat escaping, and it is obvious that some of this house does not have cavity wall insulation, and the windows are leaking heat too (even though they are double glazed). This is in fact a very old Wilmslow house on the left with a modern extension that has been insulated.
Transition Wilmslow wants to reduce our carbon emissions and save money in the process for everyone. Over the past 3 years, they have surveyed 150 Wilmslow and Handforth houses, and saved lots of money for people.
What can you learn from an energy survey? Andrew Backhouse, from Transition Wilmslow said:
“One house surveyed by Chris Daniel in the last two weeks should halve its energy bills thanks to his visit – whilst we don’t promise that for everyone, there are always tricks you can learn. Hanging washing outside and drawing curtains can make quite a difference, let alone insulating the walls and floors!”
If you’d like to have your house surveyed with a thermal imaging camera and learn how you could save money, or you’d like to learn how to survey houses give Ali Berry a ring on 07887 425387. Or fill out your name and email on the contact form and we will get in touch.
Thanks to help from Wilmslow Town Council, Transition Wilmslow is able to offer this service again this winter.
LED Halogen Replacement Lighting Project
Transition Bath are running a project to persuade people to switch their halogen downlights for LEDs. Check out their website and also have a look at their useful document outlining the annual cost savings of replacing halogen down lights (GU10s or MR16s) with LEDs.
How to Make Old Homes Energy Efficient
Some useful tips in this article from the Guardian to help save energy in older homes.
The Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013
From the Ecology Building Society website:
‘The Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013 explores the key issues in creating a home that’s comfortable, environmentally sound and economically efficient.
Published by Blue and Green Tomorrow, the free guide features contributions from leading thinkers in the field of sustainable housing, including Ecology and many of our partners.
Topics covered in the guide include:
- Low-carbon homes
- The Green Deal
- Different ownership models
- Empty homes
- Sustainable mortgages.’
Energy saving advice
Have a look at the Transition Cambridge Energy saving advice self survey page to receive a personal checklist with suggestions for how to save energy in your home. The advice is primarily aimed at people who live in Cambridge and includes information about grants specific to the Cambridge area, but also has information about grants that are nationally available.
This tool has evolved from materials originally developed from the Cambridge Carbon Footprint Climate Friendly Homes project.
Energy Group Stall – Wilmslow Artisan Market
16 February 2014
A bit late, but congratulations to Prentice James and Sue Roberts who won first and second prizes in the raffle at the Energy Group Stall at the Wilmslow Artisan Market on 16 Feb.
WWF SOLAR QUIZ
For a bit of fun, have a go at the WWF solar quiz … ‘You’ve seen the panels on roofs and wind turbines on hilltops, but how well do you know renewable energy? Put your knowledge to the test to find out just how powerful it can be. You might be surprised by what you discover’ Check out the link here.
**** Next meeting ****
Thursday 12 June 2014, 7.30pm, at Ali’s 13 Devonshire Drive, Alderley Edge. For further info please contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org Minutes of the Transition Wilmslow Energy Group Meeting from 16 January 2104 are available here.
by Joy and Luigi Pagiano (from November 2013)
Green Doors: Saturday 28 September 2013
Come and find out what others have done to make their homes more sustainable, cheaper to live in, and see if there are things you can do too. Where do you lose heat? What can you do to save money and energy? Compare ideas, ask questions. None of us are perfect though! 1-4pm Joy and Luigi Pagano, 50 Sagars Road, Handforth, SK9 3EE to see solar hot water and electricity for a bungalow 10.30-1pm Andrew and Frances, 31 Vale Head, Handforth, SK9 3BP for wood burning stove, solar hot water, hens, garden at end of terrace. 1.30pm-4.30pm Amanda and Garry Olson, 27 Strawberry Lane, Wilmslow SK9 6AQ for wood burning stove, solar electricity and vegetable garden with hens for a semi detached house 1pm-4pm Anthony and Pippa Jones, 4 Fulshaw Ave, Wilmslow SK9 5JA – a Victorian house with vegetables and hens – but also thermally insulated blinds, solar hot water and electricity.
There may be more houses added to the list – which will be advertised on this page in the next few days. Or ring Andrew Backhouse on 07929 188014
Minutes of the Transition Wilmslow Energy Group Meeting from 4 September are available here.
Today ‘energy’ is something that is taken for granted, we’ve forgotten how extraordinary it actually is. How we make and use energy is one of the most urgent issues facing the UK, impacting on our economy, the bills we pay and the environment we live in. These free exhibitions will take you on an energy journey exploring:
- The Energy challenge – why does the UK energy system need to change?
- The Economic opportunity – spotlight on growth, innovation and jobs
- Consumer help – what action can you take to cut energy use and pay less?
Come and find out about energy generation, renewable technologies, climate change, and how you can save energy and cut costs. Interactive demonstrations, electric cars, career opportunities and energy saving tips! This event is open to anyone wanting to find out more – businesses, associations, individuals and schools alike. Friday 6th September 2013 – Manchester, Register for free here
Energy saving tips Take advantage of this lovely weather (while it lasts) and get that washing out on the line. Save some energy and money too! Green Deal: Interested in saving energy in your home? Check out the moneysavingexpert.com website for some useful information about whether the government backed Green Deal scheme might be right for you. Save energy and switch off those lights for WWF Earth hour: 23 March, 8.30. Check out the WWF website for more information. Thinking about improving your insulation?: B&Q are offering ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ on Eko insulation in-store. Apparently they have a loft insulation calculator and ‘How To’ insulate your home video guide to get you started.
***Next Energy Group Meeting*** Thursday, 11 April, 7.45 at Ali’s house.
Notes from the previous energy meeting available here.
‘Personalised Energy Advice in 3 simple steps’ The University of Southampton are running a project called MyJoulo to collect information on temperatures in the home and in return will provide personalised advice on how to reduce your heating bill. Register at www.myjoulo.com and they will send you a temperature logger, which you place on top of your thermostat for one week. At the end of the week you upload the data to your account via the internet where you can see how you are doing. Another date for your diary – Green Doors 2013: September 28th 2013 Installing secondary glazing: Some feedback from Andrew Backhouse The issue: Lots of single glazed windows with condensation in buckets every morning, but not yet worth replacing with better windows – shortage of money and wood in decent condition. I wondered about installing plastic secondary glazing – but this tends to discolour over time I think, and something that is very cheap and can be removed fairly easily seemed worth trying. So from Homebase in Macclesfield, I got Stormguard (of Macclesfield!) draught excluder secondary glazing film. Reading the instructions on the outside of the box, it looked really easy and I started on that ….Don’t! Read the detailed instructions inside the box! Not well written, but there were several things I should have read earlier. And don’t drop your sharp knife when the plastic is over the window….(If you do and rip the plastic, patch immediately with sellotape or similar.)
Minutes from the open space and latest energy group meetings are available here.