eNerGy Squad success!!

After a two year struggle, the eNerGy Squad have successfully won a campaign to get solar lights installed in a park in Hyson Green, ensuring environmentally friendly safety for everyone in the area.

Well done eNerGy Squad!!



By brightideasnotts

eNerGy news!


1) Event: Energy Efficient Communities

1st February 2014, Matlock, Derbyshire, 9:30am-2:30pm
15th March 2014, Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, 9:30am-2pm

  • Do you want to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in your area?
  • Are people in your community struggling to pay their energy bills?
  • Confused by the Green Deal and ECO? Not sure what other forms of funding are out there?

This training event will help you to help your community adopt energy efficiency, lower their energy bills and cut their carbon emissions.

  • Try out practical tools for assessing how your community can best lower the carbon footprint of their homes and reduce their energy bills.
  • Hear about inspiring projects in other communities.
  • Find out about funding to help households install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, new boilers and renewables.
  • Find out how you can lower energy use in community buildings. 

Places are limited and pre-booking is essential:

For further information please contact Caroline Harmon: / 07748 508704.

Both events will end with a Bring Your Own Lunch. Refreshments will be provided.


After the event at Hockerton there will be an optional three hour tour of the Hockerton Housing Project. This must be booked separately, directly with the project, and there is a cost (choose the tour that starts at 2pm on 15th March):
2) Event: Know Your Energy Efficiency Options, Grant and Loans
28th November, 7-9pm in Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford

Whether you are just thinking about a few low cost options for saving energy or wanting to find out about current loans and grants for energy efficiency work, this is the event for you. There will be 10 minute talks on:

  • Insulating solid wall homes – what is the ECO subsidy? Could it help me?
  • Is the Green Deal a great deal? Or are there better alternatives?
  • Energy Efficiency and a Healthy House – how to do both.
  • Draught-busting and other low cost / DIY ways to save energy.

There will also be mini-surgeries, giving you the chance to put your questions to the speakers in small groups or individually. More information: Reserve your free place: Numbers are limited so please book in advance.

3) Funding: To Help Community Energy Projects

Up to £50,000 is being made available to groups working on community energy projects who can demonstrate that they will use social action to mentor other smaller community projects and share skills to boost the number of projects across the country. The Community Energy Peer Mentoring Fund will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Government.
Currently, community energy groups work on a variety of different projects such as raising funds to get a solar panel on their community building or installing energy efficiency measures to help communities save money on their energy bills.  The new funding is designed to help new groups get off the ground so they can start saving money and generating energy in their community. It will also help existing groups to professionalise, develop business plans and scale up their work. To trial a new form of grant giving for this diverse sector, government will be keeping application criteria to a minimum and organisations will be invited to ‘pitch ideas’ to secure investment. Organisations can apply until 12 December 2013. Grants will range from £10,000 to £50,000. More information:



By brightideasnotts

Community Climate Action Network Opportunities

Please see below for opportunities via CCAN (Community Climate Action Network)

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Homes Open Week 2014

10th-18th May 2014, locations across the two counties

Following the success of our first Eco Home Open Week in 2013 we’re planning a second event in May 2014. Homes across the two counties will be opening their doors to inspire you with their eco features. The event is a fantastic opportunity to visit real eco homes in the area. It will be a bit like an Open Gardens Day, but householders will be showing off their insulation and solar panels instead of their sunflowers and chrysanthemums! Visitors will be able to see examples of improvements including solar panels, solid wall insulation, draught-proofing, air source heat pumps, grey water recycling systems, vegetable growing, behaviour change and much more.

Got a house that could inspire others? If you’re interested in taking part by opening your home please let us know: / 07748 508704. Read our guides to opening your own home here and here. We can provide you with support to open your home, including a half day training event in March 2014 (date tbc). 

Want to be inspired? We will be adding details of each event to our website and to as we have them.


 Energy Efficient Communities

 1st February 2014, Matlock, Derbyshire

 15th March 2014, Hockerton, Nottinghamshire

Both days: 9am-2pm (including a BYO lunch between 1pm and 2pm)

Free. Book a place: / 07748 508704

A training event to equip you with practical tools and ideas to help your community make their homes and community buildings more energy efficient. Discover some tools for assessing what your community needs to do to best improve their homes, discover roles your community group can play in this, hear about inspiring projects in other communities, find out how to lower energy use in community buildings, find out about sources of funding, meet others who want to/are doing the same. To book a place contact: or 07748 508704.

After the event at Hockerton there will be the option to attend a tour of Hockerton Housing Project. This must be booked separately directly with the project and there is a cost (choose the tour that starts at 2pm on 15th March).


Free Environmental Training in Derbyshire

Want to help your company, organisation or community save energy? Derbyshire County Council is funding environmental charity Global Action P;an to run energy saving training for businesses, public-sector organisations and community groups in Derbyshire. The training uses Global Action Plan’s interactive EcoTeams’ activities, a fun and educational way for groups of people to explore how to save energy and water at home, at work and in community buildings.

Training is flexible and can be delivered to help you save energy running your community centre, save energy at home, train staff to identify energy saving at work, run energy saving events in your community and develop resident engagement ideas on energy efficiency. The training can also cover recycling and greener travel and you’ll receive information about local environmental initiatives that can help you. You’ll get electronic copes of the activities to use. Follow-up support is available from Derbyshire County Council staff to help you develop your plans further. Training is available until the end of March.

For more information please contact: Alison Wheeldon: 01629 538356 e:


Transition Sherwood

We made a mistake in the newsletter sent out last week. Transition Sherwood are meeting on Saturday 7thDecember at 10:30am in the Sam Hall Pub. This event is for anyone interested in Transition Sherwood, not just for people interested in Sharing Sherwood – one of the Transition Sherwood’s projects. To find out more email


Project Manager

Caroline Harmon- 07748 508704

Marches Energy Agency

The Pump House, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury. SY1 2DP

General telephone: 01743 246007 / Fax: 01743 246008
Charity number 1070942

Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3443349, registered at the above address


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Community Climate Action Email October 2013

Read the full email below:

Welcome to the latest edition of Community Climate Action, with all the latest news, events and resources in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A special hello to new subscribers.


From the Editor


More than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions are created by the energy we use in our homes.


Some days that statistic inspires me to action and I decide to get my loft insulated or take regular meter readings or even get involved in setting up a small solar panel bulk purchase scheme in my town Other days the same statisitc makes me feel helpless. How do you convince your whole community to drastically reduce their domestic energy use when you can’t always convince other members of your household to simply turn off lights when they leave a room?!


In the New Year the Community Climate Action Network is running two events – one in Nottinghamshire and one in Derbyshire. It’s a chance to come together with other people who want to change this statistic, hear inspiring examples of people who are changing it, and to get hold of some practical tools which will help you get to grips with what your own community needs to do to most effectively reduce its domestic energy use and how you can help them do it. We’ll be announcing dates and locations soon: watch this space.



Twitter: @CCANNetwork



Got Any News?


If you have anything you’d like us to include in the November e-newsletter please send it to us by Thursday 31st October:




A. Local Events


Repair Café

Green Buildings Open Up Weekend

Apple Day

Woodland Ecology and Management Course

South Derbyshire Funding Fair

East Midlands Cyclist’s Forum

IPCC Report Discussion


B. Local News


Greenwood Community Tree Planting Grant Scheme

National Liftshare Week

C. National News and Events


EVENT: Duncan Clark Talk

COURSE: Going Green: Getting started with making your school more eco-friendly FUNDING: EnergyFunder Launches

NEWS: Warm Homes Schemes Dropped

National News in Brief


  1. A.  A. Local Events


Repair Café

12th October, 10am-3pm

Lifehouse Church (near West Bars), Chesterfield

Organised by Transition Chesterfield


Members of Transition Chesterfield will be on hand to fix things such as sewing machines, small electrical appliances, or anything portable that might be mendable. Bring along your broken items. If you have skills in repairing things and would like to help on the day please get in touch:


Green Buildings Open Up Weekend

12th-13th October

Peak District, Various Locations


Going green in a national park may seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be! If you ever thought about making your home or business more green but weren’t sure how to get started or even whether you’d be allowed, this event is for you. Buildings with green technology installed will be open and you can have a look around and talk to the owner about their experience of going green.


Apple Day

13th October, 12pm-4pm

Townfield Barn, Shatton, S33 0BG

Organised by Transition Hope Valley

£2 entry


Apple growing advice, family activities with The National Trust, craft demonstrations, live music. Apple dish with recipe & longest peel competitions, BBQ & Refreshments. Bring your own bottles & apples for juicing


Woodland Ecology and Management Course

13th October, 10am-4pm

Derbyshire Eco Centre

Course Fee £39/ £35/ £20 dependant on income


Learn about the history, ecology and management of woods in the UK through classroom sessions and woodland visits.


South Derbyshire Funding Fair

16th October, 3pm-7pm

Oakland Village, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote, DE11 8LH


An opportunity to meet funders including Awards for All, Big Lottery Fund, Charity Bank and Derbyshire Environmental Trust. For more information contact Eric Clayton on 01283 817415 or


East Midlands Cyclist’s Forum

26th October

The Friends Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester

Organised by the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group

The meeting will include a guided cycle ride in the afternoon. More information from Anna Singleton: anna.singleton@sustrans.orguk

IPCC Report Discussion

24th October, 7:30pm

Email for location

Organised by Transition New Mills Discussion Group


A discussion of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  1. B.   B. Local News


Greenwood Community Tree Planting Grant Scheme


Autumn is here and this year’s tree planting season is fast approaching. The Greenwood Team is once again offering free advice and funding of up to £500 to help schools, community groups and parish councils in Nottinghamshire with tree planting projects. Funding is available to support groups who want to plant trees in schools grounds or on community green spaces. Projects could include planting to provide areas of shade, creating or enhancing a wildlife area, memorial trees, screening unsightly areas or healthy living projects such planting apple trees.


The deadline for applications is 13th December, but early applications are encouraged as funding is limited For guidance notes and an application form contact the Greenwood Team on 0115 969 6533 or email:


National Liftshare Week in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire


If you saw a petrol station advertising fuel for 69p a litre, you’d stop and buy some, wouldn’t you? Well if you’re currently driving alone on your commute to work, you can indeed halve your fuel costs – simply by sharing your car with other people

That’s the message from Nottinghamshire County Council which is urging people to give car sharing a go as part of National Liftshare Week, taking place from 7th – 11th October.


Car sharing – where two or more people travel together – allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, whilst alleviating the associated problems of congestion and pollution. The County Council uses the nationwide Liftshare website to host its own car-sharing scheme which is free to join and use and already has 2,189 members in Nottinghamshire.


Under the scheme residents – both drivers and passengers – can register and search for potential car sharing partners in their area. You can share a car for any journey: getting to and from work, doing the weekly shop, taking the children to school, going to the match at the weekend, travelling to a festival, event or show, getting to or from university, visiting friends or getting to the airport – the choice is yours!


To join the Nottinghamshare car share scheme for free, visit


To join the Derbyshire scheme visit:


  1. C.  C. National News


EVENT: Duncan Clark Talk

15th October, 6pm

Upper Hall, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk St/Chapel Walk, Sheffield, S1 2JB


Duncan Clark, author of The Burning Question is coming to Sheffield to talk about his book.


COURSE: Going Green: Getting started with making your school more eco-friendly

16th January, 4pm-6pm

Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE


Cost: £30 (discounts for second and third participants from the same school)

Come and find out what makes a sustainable school and how to link sustainability to your teaching. There will be examples of good practice and recommended resources. Book by emailing:


FUNDING: EnergyFunder Launches


Energyfunder is a new project launched in partnership with Crowdfunder UK to provide a platform for people with great energy ideas to find the funding that they need to get their projects off the ground. It’s a unique idea that uses the new trend of crowdfunding (reaching out to your community to fund an idea) to fund communities who want to make their own energy. Whether you have an idea for a new product to bring to market or you want to insulate your scout hut or replace the boiler in the village hall, energyfunder can help you raise the money from the community around you.


NEWS: Warm Homes Schemes Dropped


The government has axed the Warm Homes, Healthy People fund, a scheme designed to help people stay warm in their homes over winter, because local authorities have taken over public health spending in England and Wales. Health Minister Anna Soubry confirmed that the Warm Homes initiative would not be repeated in 2013. Instead, she said, local councils would determine their own priorities after being put in charge of the £5bn public health budget. Age UK has indicated that there is ‘little evidence’ that town halls are preparing a major strategy to help vulnerable homeowners combat fuel poverty.


National News in Brief


The DECC 2050 pathways calculator allows you to try out different choices for reducing energy demand and increasing supply for renewables to see what impact they will have over the next 40 years:


Short films on fuel poverty covering home visits, how to spot a cold home, and agencies working together.


Scottish and Southern will trial Green Deal Plan on 50 staff members before launching them for the public: www.utilityweek.couk/news/news_story.asp?id=199196&title=SSE+plans+internal+Green+Deal+trials




Thanks to everyone who provided items for this newsletter. If you have any events or news you would like to be included in future newsletters please send the details to: You can send comments about the e-newsletter to the same email address.


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Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have recently been in touch with us to tell us about their Business Directory service which aims to connect people with local trustworthy, reputable traders.


All traders and businesses listed on the Age UK Business Directory have met with and been thoroughly checked by Age UK staff, giving that extra peace of mind when selecting a trader.


The service was designed with older people in mind but anyone can use it. To search the directory for a local trader visit: and use the green search box to the left. If you have any trouble using the site feel free to use the Freephone number displayed at the top of the site and a member of Age UK staff will happily search it for you.


By brightideasnotts

A new Eco House has landed in Hyson Green


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In a joint effort with the Nottingham Energy Partnership, Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Trent University, the Partnership Council has funded a budget-friendly Eco House in Hyson Green, as part of a big project to physically promote energy saving opportunities for local residents. They have been waiting for a lease from the City Council to give up a small old terraced house on St Paul’s Terrace in Hyson Green to be converted into the Hyson Green eco house, or environmental house.

Project leader Moby Farrands from the Partnership Council has jut recently updated the energy squad on the progress of the Eco house and are happy to report that they will be signing the lease on the house after months of waiting, so it’s all systems go. With things ready to go, they have now announced they are looking for a new name for the house. Everyone from The Energy Squad has been racking their brains to come up with something appropriate. Moby has come up with the idea of naming it “The Nest” which stands for “Nottingham Energy Saving Training”, and following that, the energy squad volunteers will set out to get residents opinion on this name and we will post it soon!

Different from other eco houses built with expensive technology, the Hyson Green Eco House will demonstrate and teach affordable environmental do-it-yourself  (DIY) techniques for small homes. The project will launch free workshops and support for all those who visit looking for ideas improvements. For example, how to save energy and water metered bills, aiming to reduce fuel bills and household costs in a collective environmental change that goes towards the British Government’s new aim to reduce 1990 carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (read our complete article about that).

We will show you can cut costs in a small house on a tiny budget, using your own skills, with help from fellow volunteers and recycled materials.

(The 80percent Company)

The Eco House will demonstrate:

•Basic DIY e.g. making and fitting secondary glazing, curtain poles, draught exclusion.

•Basic sewing, e.g. adapting old curtains and adding thermal linings.

•Food growing in small recycled containers, using permaculture techniques

•Using and borrowing electrical tools with skilled volunteer support

•Affordable solutions to reduce water use e.g. DIY grey water reuse, installing a water butt.

•Information displays geared for local residents, including non-readers.

•Recycling- using freecycle websites, ‘swaps’ board and events, repairing goods, skips searches for DIY materials

•Volunteers to help residents apply for green grants, e.g. Warm Front insulation, for households needing reading or language help.

Eco House address: Unit C, Tennyson, Forest Road West, Radford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 4EP (East Midlands)

By brightideasnotts

The British Energy Challenge in Nottingham

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change and Nottingham City Council have held a conference called The British Energy Challenge on May 17th. The name comes from an effort to address what they believe is one of the most urgent issues facing the UK: moving to a low carbon economy.

Below is a clip by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, illustrating Britain’s main dilemmas today:

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Councillor Alan Clark stated that in order to accomplish the government’s legal climate change target to reduce carbon emissions in the UK by 80% in 2050, the target is to reduce 26% by 2020. This means starting now implementing mostly from low or zero carbon sources.

The aim of the public discussion approach of this conference, and of all the expert opinion supplied by Professor David MacKay, was to emphasize a belief that energy saving, growth and sustainability are not incompatible and do go together. But just as demonstrated in the discussion, this requires a serious cooperative effort, including that among the community. The Energy Challenge leaders have expressed a need to make climate change a community-based target, which is why they have been touring the UK town by town.


Some facts

–          90% of Britain’s carbon emissions come from fossil fuels (gas, oil and coal).

–          Transport and heating comprise the most energy-consuming activities in Britain.

–          Nottingham residents have reduced bill costs by an average 13.2% since 2005

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Community vision

The host said that Nottingham is up to a good start, as the most energy self-sufficient city in Britain. It is known outside for its acclaimed public transport services. Now the Department of Energy and Climate change talks of community engagement as a key element of change. Every household can contribute and reduce their bills by reaching behavioural targets.

Reducing bills

The Department has said that:

“One of the best ways to lower costs is to reduce the amount of energy we use to heat our homes.”

David Mckay reveals that a consequence of central heating is that people need to be more conscious of how they regulate their heat. He recommends people to put their thermostat to 16 degrees Celsius. He also remarks that households can save up to £150 a year on bills by switching to direct debit payments.

They provide us with a “big picture” of this issue, below.

Collaboration with The Guardian.

Collaboration with The Guardian.

(collaboration with The Guardian)

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Compare My Energy tool: click the image above to use this tool and find out how much energy you use compared to similar households and get tips on how to reduce your consumption.


Professor MacKay and campaigner Mark Lynas asked the Nottingham forum to raise their main concerns. Together, the most popular questions were of how to dispose of corporate waste in a way that is both energy and cost efficient, and technical problems faced by individual households such as insulation issues and solar panels. Heating was listed as a big issue in both Nottingham and the UK, and that is currently being addressed through the planning of a budget-friendly Eco House in Hyson Green in an effort from the Partnership Council, in which the Energy Squad will be involved.

The solutions were posted in a much more democratic and speculative manner, where the hosts used a sophisticated calculator of all the energy sourcing systems available for a developed country, and asked the forum to agree on how each energy source policy should be dealt with. A simpler interactive version of this can be found on the “My 2050” page, where you can use the widgets to try and pull Britain’s the CO2 emissions lever down.


One of the most popular measures agreed on to reach the ambitious 80% reduction goal  were to increase manufacturing growth in the UK to slow international shipping, increase biofuel production, change transport fuel for electricity, and improve wall insulation in British houses for decreased use of gas in heating.

Many members mentioned Germany as an example, being Europe’s most energy efficient country today.

And lastly, trees. MacKay revealed in the end with much excitement, that trees are the world’s most efficient natural CO2 sucking machines. Unlike most common knowledge, trees are not an exclusive “tree-huggers” issue. It concerns all residents and is thus indirectly linked to their bills. View our publication about the Tree Wardens working across Britain.

Further reading: The 80percent Company (helping communities to save energy and reduce carbon emissions through economically sustainable smart living)

The Nottingham Plan: view below a simplified plan featuring Nottingham’s local position on the issue.

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By brightideasnotts

The British Energy Challenge: time to talk

energy challenge

Bright Ideas is participating in The British Energy Challenge, an event hosted by the Nottingham City Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, featuring Chief Scientific Adviser, Mr. David MacKay and climate change author, Mark Lynas. On Friday May 17th, they will have a great discussion about how the country and the Nottingham City Region are powered. There will be a team of Energy Squad aliens representing our light bulbs at the Council House.

Energy use is a pressing concern for the UK today, with consequences for the economy as well as the environment. David MacKay is well known for his views on sustainable energy sources.  Therefore, the event wants to bring the government and Nottingham network leaders together around the challenges faced by energy providers. Then they will debate on practical measures to make a change.

It will be a well called for and serious debate, but you will also get to hear what is happening next! The Energy Squad will come back later with an article for our power activists who follow this blog.

Stay tuned for information.

By brightideasnotts

Quiz answers!

They’re here! All the correct answers to the Energy Quiz plus fun facts.

Haven’t seen the quiz? View it HERE

If you were curious to know the right answers about efficient energy use, click below and keep reading!

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