Energy Solutions for Baths

28/01/2019 at 7:17 am | Posted in Community energy | Leave a comment
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A group of keen energy savers went round Moseley Road Baths on Saturday 26th January. Organised by Balsall Heath is Our Planet with the Friends of the Baths;  eleven people, led by Phil Beardmore, shared ideas for making the baths more sustainable  .

Our ideas for saving gas, electricity and water will be written up and passed to the charity and the partnership which is now running the Baths at the centre of Balsall Heath.  This is a beautiful, but very wasteful building that must become more efficient if it is to be saved. We were pleased to hear that some energy features are soon to be put in because energy is a big part of the running cost and the carbon footprint needs to be reduced for the 21st century. Some of Phil’s suggestions for energy saving are on the website of Friends of Moseley Road Baths

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Energy Saving Tour of Moseley Rd Baths

19/01/2019 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Community energy, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment
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Energy Saving Tour of Moseley Road Baths, next Saturday 26th Jan. 2019

How can our historic swimming baths save on gas, electric and water? You can learn and help the Baths become more sustainable at this energy event, with expert Phil Beardmore. We will look for problems and solutions to help old buildings survive. Anyone with an interest is welcome (not suitable for children) . Free – supported by The Lottery.

Meet at 9.45 for 10.00 start on Saturday, Moseley Rd Baths. Book one of the 12 places with john Newson BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk    0121 647 1960 office hours leave a message

Organised by Balsall Heath Is Our Planet with Friends of the Baths.

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Solar energy opportunity

25/10/2018 at 11:54 am | Posted in Community energy | 2 Comments

Community Energy Birmingham is launching a new ethical share offer

Solar energy has rather stalled recently, but our friends at CEB are bravely going forward with another project and  are launching their new share offer on Tuesday 30th October.

They already have solar roofs on community buildings in Moseley and Sparkbrook and they now have one lined up in Castle Vale. Existing investors have just received a 4% return on their shares, so ethical investment can pay.

There will be a presentation to learn more and decide if you want to be an investor. Two launch events planned, where to find out more, meet the team, and ask questions:

Event 1 :  Tuesday 30th October. 6.00 pm at Birmingham Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57  Allison Street Birmingham B5 5TH

Event 2 : Thursday 1st November, 7.00 pm at the Moseley Exchange, 145 Alcester Road, Moseley B13 8JP

Further details are available on CEB website                      BOOK EVENTS HERE

 

House with no winter

19/09/2018 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment
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There is a “pop up” Open Afternoon at the Zero Carbon House in Balsall Heath this Sunday. An amazing house that stores solar energy and hardly requires traditional heating. Feel that free energy! Big Six energy companies are furious, we hear.

Well worth a visit, if you have not been. All welcome, but only at this time please, because it is a family house.

Sunday 23 September at 2 pm at 103 Tindal Street, opposite Tindal Academy B12 9QU

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Big Clean Switch to Renewable Energy

09/03/2018 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power | Leave a comment

This is a simple way to switch your home or business to a supplier who only buys renewable energy, so people in Balsall Heath may want to consider it. The latest figures from the government show that 30% of electricity is now being generated from renewable sources; wind, sun, water etc – YES they do work! Why would you want to pay for dirty fuels? Climate Action West Midlands will use any money it makes from the switching to fund small community carbon saving projects. Clean Energy Switch can be accessed via the site

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Open session at Zero Carbon House

18/01/2018 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

It was the most energy efficient house in the country when it was built, right here in Balsall Heath. A house with no bills and no radiators or gas supply! How do they do it?

Following a recent BBC programme, the house will again open to visitors on the morning of  Thursday 1st February, 11am to 1pm. Please book a place if you want to visit. More details at the website ZCH

If you cannot visit on this day, then there is a lovely video about the house

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Living on the Sun

11/07/2017 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power | Leave a comment
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At the roasting start of July, John Newson led a walk to visit some community buildings that benefit from solar panels. The walk took place during Community Energy Fortnight and the Moseley Festival. We were greeted at the Old Post Office building by Fiona Adams of Moseley Exchange, who explained how they benefit by the cheap electricity from the two solar arrays there, which belong to Community Energy Birmingham. The next stop was St Mary’s parish church, where John Dowell who is a former churchwarden, showed us the display inside the church of all the power produced over 6 years, since the panels were installed by British Gas. That was part of their Green Streets programme, which had been won by Sustainable Moseley and it also paid for panels at the Hamza Mosque, where we arrived to be shown around by Saifer Rehman. He had a most interesting story to tell about solar generation, with LED lights to cut consumption, and a range of water saving methods, as well as cycle stands put by the main entrance.
We agreed that there is one sun for everyone and all can benefit from using renewable energy !
To learn more about Community Energy Birmingham visit their website

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Solar Walk

27/06/2017 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power, Walking | Leave a comment

We will be holding a walk to look at some community buildings that are acting as power stations. Community Energy Birmingham is joining forces with Balsall Heath Is Our Planet to hold the event on Saturday 8th July. We start at 11am from in front of the Post Office in Moseley Village. Our tour will include that building and the parish church and Hamza mosque, which all generate electricity for local use.
Many people do not realise how much solar power is being used already, and what a great potential there is on all the roofs of the city to make clean electricity for the future.
As usual, please let us know if you are coming, or just turn up. No charge. The walk will last about 90 minutes and we shall see inside of some buildings as well meet people from the organisations who benefit from cheap electricity.
John Newson bhiop[@]jericho.org.uk see CEB website
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Free Energy Advice event

24/10/2016 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heath is our Planet, a local charity, is offering free energy advice.
What changes can you make at home to save heating, electricity and water? Generate your own? Switch to a green supplier?
We shall have a stall on Sunday 30th October at the Moseley Road Baths Watch Day from 10am to 5pm.
See also the historic Baths in the centre of Balsall Heath and learn about their past and future. A good time to discover the ORT café opposite and the new Pocket Park on Moseley Road – a good day out in Balsall Heath!
‘Making a Change’ with lottery funding. See you on Sunday John Newson
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Faiths Support a Low Carbon Future

05/08/2016 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power, Walking | Leave a comment
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People from a variety of local faith groups will be walking through Balsall Heath and Moseley on Sunday 14th August 2016 to see what has been done to cut carbon emissions and conserve the atmosphere. They will start at 2pm at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, and visit Balsall Heath Church Centre, the KSIMC mosque Clifton Road, then the Zero Carbon House.
A greta opportunity to see what has been done and hear what inspired people to make these buldings into examples for the wider community. Details of the walk are at Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) faith groups in Birmingham respond to the challenge of a low carbon future. Details at Footsteps site
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