Since Tap into Savings launched in Coventry we have been working with a number of community groups to explain about water saving and the free water saving equipment available. Some of these groups have gone on to run an EcoTeam as part of their regular meetings. The most recent was the Asian Blind Association, who finished [...]
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For the past two years, Global Action Plan has been running Climate Squad, a project with the strapline of “Stopping climate change by cutting carbon, DIY style”. The Climate Squad team have trained over 700 volunteers aged between 16 and 25 to run their own carbon-cutting community projects. So far this has included such diverse [...]
The first set of EcoTeams that started in Braintree will be finishing in the next couple of weeks and the next round of EcoTeams are starting up. There is more information on the events page, but here is a quick summary of all of the meetings:
EcoTeams in Braintree (‘Keen Team’), Monday mornings
Venue: Eaton’s Cafe, 15 [...]
One of the best things about leading an EcoTeam meeting is seeing how people start sharing their tips, ideas and practical things for greener living. Some of the recent things that have been shared:
recipe tips for using up leftovers or making the most of fruit picked during the year
sharing seeds or cuttings from plants
information about [...]
Last week I was lucky enough to visit Greenfields Community Housing’s new green ’show home’, which demonstrates energy and water saving products to local residents. The house, in Halstead, includes things like heat pumps, electricity-generating solar panels on the roof, and mechanical ventilation to improve air quality in the house and reduce condensation. Automatic lights make sure [...]
Global Action Plan has launched a new way to countdown to Christmas, the great green advent calendar.
Each day we will reveal a simple action for you to do, energy-saving, water saving or good shopping habits for example. There are United Nations Environment Programme certificates and a prize draw up for grabs for those who take actions and [...]
This week Coventry City Council, one of the Tap into Savings partners, is focusing on saving energy through Switch if Off Week.
The Council is looking at its own energy use and also helping local residents to make savings. Here are some ways that you can get involved.
Enery monitors available to borrow from local libraries. See also [...]
EcoTeams in Braintree are starting to look at ways of saving energy in the home. Take-up has been fantastic, with 3 teams already running and two more due to start before the end of the month.
The next meetings are as follows:
Introductory meeting Braintree: Thursday 11th November, 10.30am-12 noon Eatons Cafe (upstairs room), George Yard Shopping [...]
One simple way to cut electricity use is to switch off things which use power in standby mode or through transformers which waste electricity as heat when they are plugged in, even if the appliance isn’t switched on! Some quick examples from recent EcoTeams findings:
an old TV, which used 80 watts in use and 6 [...]
In two of the project areas we’ve been able to give some people energy monitors to keep a track of their electricity use. In Redhill and Merstham these have been provided thanks to Raven Housing Trust. In Coventry we have been able to give energy monitors to EcoTeam members to help them with their energy [...]