Be Inspired

28/10/2010 at 3:17 pm | Posted in 10% in 2010, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

Something inspiring is happening , in the form of an ambitious demonstration by Balsall Heath Housing Co-op of how to make an old terraced house into one fit for the 21st century. This should be a beacon for other social landlords with hard to heat housing. Balsall Heath leads the way once again.

Work is begiinning now on site to show how to deliver an 80% cut in CO2 emissions for a Victorian terraced property which is typical of inner city Birmingham. Tenants will enjoy low energy bills into the future. There is a website about the project.


Daylight Saving – why not?

27/10/2010 at 4:11 pm | Posted in 10% in 2010, Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment

‘Balsall Heath Is our Planet’ welcomes that the Daylight Saving Bill of Rebecca Harris MP, which will be having its second reading in Parliament on 3 December. This asks for the evidence for daylight saving to be looked at and a trial undertaken.

Daylight Saving now has the support of ROSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which is based in Birmingham. They say that giving people an hour of daylight to get home from work or school would have a major effect on accidents. Lighter evenings would allow people to feel safe to walking, cycling and waiting for public transport.

BHIOP tries to help local residents to save energy and reduce carbon emissions, but it seems that a fairly cost-free way to make across- the-board savings by households, businesses and the local authority would be by daylight saving, i.e. realigning clock time to provide an extra hour of daylight every evening. Why should we pay for electric lighting when we could have more daylight?

We very much hope the evidence will be considered by our MPs and by the government.

The Birmingham Mail is asking readers to send in their views about this subject.

Anyone wanting to know about the evidence and the campaign can visit Lighter Later website
and petition their MP

Solar Electricity from your Roof

20/10/2010 at 9:26 am | Posted in Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment

Following several requests, I am inviting local residents to come to look at my solar pv roof and go through in detail the questions a householder needs to consider before installing.
This Sunday 24th October at 11am, repeated 12am
address; 32 Alder Road, Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 8BS
0121 449 3977
do bring a friend.

I am on course to generate twice last year’s electricity consumption this year.
Hope to see you on Sunday
john Newson


12/10/2010 at 10:35 am | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

A workshop will be taking place at the end of October for the residents would have been given free ‘Ecomanager’ monitors by EDF Energy. They live along the route of the Birmingham Half Marathon 24th October of which EDF is sponsor. Balsall Heath Is Our Planet has invited EDF advisors will visit Hallam Street to help residents understand how to get the best from using the monitors, to save on their electricity consumption.
The Ecomanager is described at EDF website

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