Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Event from November
Jon and Caroline were pleased with getting 25-30 people to come for the first time we’ve run this kind of event. Total cost of the event and supporting meetings was just under £650. We could probably do similar events for less money – hiring less space and doing the talks ourselves rather than paying for a speaker. Jon suggested making our own insulation example pack like the one we borrowed from the CSE. For future event one thing to ensure is that talks and demonstration should be separated so that speakers aren’t competing with discussions.
ACTION: Jon to suggest on the Google Group that people who do any insulation work and have any left over materials donate to us so that we can make up an insulation & draught busting demo kit.
ACTION: Everyone to look at funding opportunities for a future energy efficiency event.
University public engagement on energy research
Argyris (aka Argy) came to the meeting who is a PhD student in Energy Demand at the University and is planning to run a public engagement event in late (26th) March. The University is willing to fund this to help disseminate the research that is being done there to the public. It could involve short (10-15 minute) talks from researchers, local councils, businesses and community groups on domestic energy issues, products, funding, etc. May also have a panel Q&A discussion, posters/demo stands and buffet. He is looking at using the Town Hall as the campus is viewed as less accessible to the general public. If successful it could be first of a series of such public engagement events, also including transport issues. Sounds like the sort of event that Transition Loughborough would be keen to attend and we agreed to provide the “community” aspect of this event if he’d like us to.
Future Open Homes event
We then talked about the last May’s CSE funded Open Homes weekend and if we want to run another similar event with CSE funding this year? We decided not to, and to think again about doing an Open Homes event in a year’s time in May/June 2016. A two year gap allows us to work on other projects, as Open Homes takes a bit of organising. There are people willing to open their homes again, and we should use 2015 to help locate more.
Solid Wall Insulation bulk purchasing?
The Government are releasing tranches of money as Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) grants. Caroline suggested that we could prepare a bulk purchase solid wall insulation (SWI) that would potential give people a cheaper installation whilst still being open for GDHIF funding. We talked about if and how we could do this: it would only make sense if there is a reasonable number of people who are interested in having SWI installed, if we can then find a suitable interested installer, if the GDHIF scheme keeps going and we can organise all the potential home owners to apply simultaneously on the day the GDHIF is released. If you are reading this and are interested in such a scheme please get in touch!
ACTION: Caroline to send email to Google Group to see if there’s any interest amongst members, and Jon will ask on Twitter (and in these notes!)
Big Energy Race – we’ve created a Transition Loughborough team which we’re encouraging people in Loughborough to join. This lets us share ideas and tips on energy efficiency, energy generation and other “green” measures. As we all demonstrate more of the things that we’re doing the individuals and team amass “points”, and eventually the top teams in each region will compete nationally with a final prize of £20K towards a community energy project. Even if we don’t win it may help encourage us to look at our own energy use and discuss options to reduce it with other people in similar situations.
David has attended public consultations on solar farms. Most have been turned down, but there’s one near to the British Gypsum works near Sileby on low grade agricultural land, which David says meets all the FoE criteria for locating solar farms. We also talked about other locations for solar panels – car parks were suggested. Might be something to suggest to councils, especially as a way to make park-and-ride schemes self-funding and EV charging more prevalent.
John had been looking at other community energy schemes around the country. Quite a few are wind turbines or solar, with some CHP. Jon said that he’d invested in a few such schemes and they gave better rate of return than bank savings at the moment.
Date of next meeting: 17th Feb @ 8pm in Rosebery St Peters Centre.