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I started working for Carbon Coop in December 2015 and since then I got very involved in EcoHomeLab. A space for energy enthusiasts...

Author: carlos
Post date: March 22, 2017

On the 12th of January was last EcoHomeLab session and we had the pleasure to admire ;-) Trystan's new electric bike. A very cool one that he built himself from a DIY kit.

We were 10 people this time, 3 of whom were new...

Author: carlos
Post date: February 2, 2017

This January, Carbon Co-op have begun to install smart meter extension (SMX) devices as part of Nobel Grid beginning with...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: January 26, 2017
Tagged: Energy Monitors
Slide of new of new Learn OpenEnergyMonitor website

And we are now in 2017, happy new year? Let's hope so...

Last EcoHomeLab of 2016 happened on the 12th of December at...

Author: carlos
Post date: January 6, 2017

Carbon Co-op is launching a new project with Dalarna University (Sweden) and Open Energy Monitor to use low cost energy monitors, smart meters, and cu...

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: December 2, 2016
MyHomeEnergyPlanner screen shot

It felt a bit quieter this time but still interesting with some hands on work and presentations about emonCMS dashboards, how energuy monitoring changed my :p and MyHomeEnergyPlanner, the tool for house assessments we are devel...

Author: carlos
Post date: November 17, 2016

Another busy busy busy EcoHomeLab.

Many things happened this time: not only we had to carry on working on the HomeEnergyMonitors that some people started building in September's session, there was also some troubleshooti...

Author: carlos
Post date: November 2, 2016

Community energy has been hard hit by cuts to renewable subsidies and It is a time of great change and uncertainty for those in the sector. In this blog post I look at some of the ideas for the way forward for community energy....

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: October 18, 2016
EcoHomaLab Sep 2016

Loaded with soldering irons, electronic components, tools and pure clean ready to go printed boards we got into our mission: build our own Home Energy Monitor systems.

Again, time goes by and I don't take into my bloggin...

Author: carlos
Post date: October 7, 2016
EcoHomeLab August 2016

Sorry, sorry, sorry... I know, next EcoHomeLab is this week and I am posting the blog of the previous one now. My excuse: I went on holidays the day after the session and despite I tried to write it I didn't finished before I w...

Author: carlos
Post date: September 6, 2016

Last week I attended Intersolar & EES Europe (, a huge three day trade exhibition on all things related to solar power and electrical energy storage. Many of...

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: June 29, 2016
Everybody who came

Last EcoHomeLab was on the 9th of June at MadLab, second Thursday of the month as always. Mix of topics this time, lots of interesting information, discussion and some deep techyness ;)

Author: carlos
Post date: June 17, 2016

A hacker's meet up on smart metering, smart home, smart grid... smart ideas? Sounds interesting, promising and the kind of place where Carbon Co-op needs to be present. After a bit of discussion we all agreed Carlos there you g...

Author: carlos
Post date: May 3, 2016

Through the Nobel Grid project, Carbon Co-op are developing and testing ideas around householders using smart meters to enable collective action. But what does this mean in reality and what are the potential benefits?


Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 23, 2016
Dom McCann outside his retrofit home
Delving Deeper into (the marginal rate of) Carbon Intensity

The aim in this blog post is to set out the main environmental and electricity consumption parameters that will need to be collated, measured and acted upon as part of...

Author: Dominic zapaman
Post date: January 25, 2016

Carbon Co-op will pilot a community smart grid in Manchester with between 100 and 200 householders, assisting them to work together to save energy, reduce bills and reduce carbon emissions through various measures centr...

Author: Dominic zapaman
Post date: December 16, 2015
ecohome lab image

EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab in Manchester. Th...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: April 22, 2013
home energy kit

We've been working with the brilliant OpenEnergyMonitor project to provide monitoring of our c...

Author: Matt
Post date: March 10, 2013
Tagged: Energy Monitors