Insulate your walls to save gas

26/06/2012 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

 It was great to meet everyone at the recent open house  in  Grange Road, Kings Heath, held to show off  its internal and externally insulated walls. Many thanks to Martyn and Emma for having us – and for the cake!

The house already feels much warmer and quieter. One day all terraced houses will look like this… More lovely picture taken by Phil beardmore phil’s pictures


Energy Saving Open Day on Sunday 24 June

19/06/2012 at 9:24 am | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

Your chance to look around  a typical, two-bedroom terraced house on which several thousand pounds worth insulation measures have been installed at 142 Grange Road, in Kings Heath.

  • Internal solid wall insulation to the front
  •  External solid wall insulation to the rear 
  • Replacement timber double glazed windows 

There will be an opportunity to talk to the home-owners and the builder, Local social enterprise Jericho Construction about the work that was done, including  choice of materials, how the period Victorian features of the house were preserved,  time-scale, and  cost, etc.

 You will  need to book the time you would like to take the tour as we are only able to accommodate up to 10 people at a time, in order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to ask questions and to examine the detail of the work done.

 We will be showing people round at the following times so let us know which time you would like to come  : 11.00 am,  12 noon,  2.00 pm,  3.00 pm, or 4.00 pm

  To register your interest, please reply to Angela Cooper transition kings heath


Minister visits Balsall Heath

06/06/2012 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Community energy | Leave a comment

Today, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, visited to learn about the work of “Balsall Heath Is Our Planet”‘. His department has funded our LEAF programme of 12 energy savings projects, working with Sustainable Moseley and Kings Heath Transition Initiative. We used the money; 1) to identify opportunities for generating renewable energy, 2) to talk to residents about making their homes more energy efficient through the upcoming ‘Green Deal’.

Mr Davey went to a terraced house in Kings Heath that    Jericho Foundation have insulated to a high standard. The owners tell us it has held onto the heat really well in the recent cool snap, when others have had to put on the central heating. Mr Davey was very positive about all the social and environmental benefits of the work we have been doing. Great to be able to give a government minister some contact with energy saving efforts at the level of a neighbourhood.

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