With April showers and glorious afternoon sunshine, we celebrated our community, learnt about justice issues and got involved with hands on workshops.
The atmosphere at Hulme Community Garden Centre was really something special. Images speak louder...
Post date: May 26, 2017
Insights from the DIY retrofit for homeowners’ course, 6th, 7th and 20th May 2017, by Kate Simpson.
Feeling energised, on the train home from my third day of training in DIY retrofit for homeowners in Manchester. Led by the Dan Chaplin, director of...
Post date: May 26, 2017
Almost a month ago was April EcoHomeLab the first one with the new structure. Now we want to make the time for people to arrive, know what energy monitoring is, see OpenEnergyMonitor stuff in action, fix their own things, listen to a relevant presentation...
Post date: May 10, 2017
Think and talk. Sometimes this is what we, smart beings, need to do in order to improve.
I started working for Carbon Coop in December 2015 and since then I got very involved in EcoHomeLab. A space for energy enthusiasts that, during the time I have...
Post date: March 22, 2017
Works are complete at the Tait's home in Chorlton South Manchester as another member achieves their whole house retrofit ambitions.
Julian and Sophie were part of our original cohort for the Community Green Deal programme. However, issues...
Post date: February 17, 2017
Winter, and especially the months after Christmas feel like a good time to look back on the past year's progress and to look ahead. This year, Carbon Co-op Project Manager, Jonathan Atkinson, has taken part in a couple of events; the 'Community...
Post date: February 16, 2017
On Monday 13th February 2017, Cooler Projects organised an #OurManifesto Climate Change Workshop with Labour's Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham. Below is our written response to the #OurManifesto call out.
Our highest priority...
Post date: February 12, 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 or almost new to EcoHomeLab:...
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 Halton Mill...
Post date: January 26, 2017
And we are now in 2017, happy new year? Let's hope so...
Last EcoHomeLab of 2016 happened on the 12th of December at ...
Post date: January 6, 2017
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out a strategy for the development of the city region's physical infrastructure over the next 20 years. It's important to Carbon Co-op and our members because it will define how existing housing is...
Post date: December 24, 2016
This December, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op was lucky enough to be invited to take part in a two day, community energy delegation visiting Brussels on the invitation of Green MEP for the South West Molly Scott...
Post date: December 7, 2016
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 cutting edge machine learning...
Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: December 2, 2016
In November 2016 Carbon Co-op contracted Dan Chaplin to run a three day DIY Retrofit for Homeowners course. Running the course was a first for us, and a part of our effort to provide more support to those working on low cost DIY retrofits.
Post date: November 28, 2016
Below is Carbon Co-op's response to Manchester Climate Change Agency's Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2016-50, the full call can be found here: http://www.manchesterclimate.com/...
Post date: November 25, 2016
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 developing in CarbonCoop.
Post date: November 17, 2016
Britain may laugh (or squirm) at the amount of dirt and dishonesty the US Presidential election is sinking of into. It is hard not to. But Britain has as much dirt and sleaze of its own to worry about. This has nothing to do with the private lives (or...
Post date: November 2, 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 troubleshooting needed, a video recording...
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. We will be discussing all...
Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: October 18, 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 blogging role, but everybody in...
Post date: October 7, 2016
Carbon Coop is one of 5 pilot sites around Europe taking part in the Nobel Grid project. Last week, as part of a project meet-up, we visited the Belgian pilot EcoPower, an energy...
Post date: September 15, 2016
Carbon Co-op member Richard Darlington reports back on the Community Energy Conference which took place in Oxford on 3 September 2016.
It was a combined conference set up by Co-operative Energy and Community Energy England with the...
Post date: September 9, 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 was off. Anyway here it is....
Post date: September 6, 2016
Another joyful EcoHomeLab. And more than joyful, transcendental.
This time more theoretical than ever and looking at a big scale solution, still very interesting from a household perspective: now we know a bit more about how a ZeroCarbonBritain may...
Post date: July 21, 2016
Last week I attended Intersolar & EES Europe (https://www.intersolar.de), a huge three day trade exhibition on all things related to solar power and electrical energy storage. Many of the latest solar and storage...
Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: June 29, 2016
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 ;)
We were seven people, six...
Post date: June 17, 2016
In June 2016, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op attended the Electricity North West Stakeholder session in Preston, along...
Post date: June 16, 2016
As part of Carbon Coop's Green Shift project members and other participants will be encouraged to reduce their electricity use at certain times of day in order to help reduce their carbon footprints. In the electricity industry this kind of scheme is...
Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: May 20, 2016
These videos show the presentations made at the Carbon Co-op AGM in April 2016. The theme for the presentations was about the 2015 Paris Climate Change talks and how these broader, global targets relate to the work of local Community Energy organisations...
Post date: May 19, 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 go. So there I went with the aim...
Post date: May 9, 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 go. So there I went with the...
Post date: May 3, 2016
“The government’s snuck out plans to sell off the Land Registry - the profitable public service that records the sale of houses and land.  It’s a short sighted move to make a quick buck.  So 38 Degrees member James, a legal services property...
Post date: April 14, 2016
This year's AGM event, which took place on 7th April 2016 at Bridge 5 Mill, featured an illuminating set of...
Post date: April 11, 2016
To paraphrase the great Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Climate Change is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is....
Post date: March 24, 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?
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Post date: March 23, 2016
The last strategy day looked at Carbon Co-op's track record, assessing strengths and weaknesses and identifying areas for improvement. The key conclusion was that Carbon Co-op should remain an 'innovative organisation' and demonstrating what is...
Post date: March 5, 2016
In response to Dom's excellent analysis of the carbon saving potential of community smart grids, I wanted to add something on the business case side that the project seeks to explore. Many of our members have investing in technology (such as deep retrofit...
Post date: February 4, 2016
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 the community smart grid...
Author: Dominic zapaman
Post date: January 25, 2016
In 2015, we commissioned a series of profiles, short videos that looked at the different ways Carbon Co-op members have chosen to improve their homes. From a full scale, whole house retrofit to an iterative approach over many years. From completely DIY to...
Post date: December 22, 2015
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 centred around demand shifting -...
Author: Dominic zapaman
Post date: December 16, 2015
Carbon Co-op took part in the very successful, Powering Up North conference in February 2015. Jonathan Atkinson spoke from the platform in a key note address on the challenges and opportunities of community-led deployment of whole house retrofit....
Post date: March 13, 2015
Jane Massam, new member from Marple reports on attending the first Community Energy Conference, held on Saturday 19th October 2013.
The event was organised by Co-operative Energy and focussed...
Post date: November 19, 2013
Back in September, as part of the Carbon Co-op in Stockport project, one of our members, Julian Tomlin, and his wife Helena held a Community Workshop at their home in Heaton Moor.
Here Julian tells us how it went. A group of friends and neighbours...
Post date: November 8, 2013
On Sunday the 20th, we run a bus tour of eco-homes for the residents of Stockport.
This was part of the "Carbon Co-op in...
Post date: October 29, 2013
We had a great day out on the Red Bus Tour of Eco Houses as part of Community Energy Fortnight. The tour was the flagship event for CEF in the North West and benefited from a good turn out on a chilly but bright...
Post date: September 10, 2013
On Saturday 22nd of June, we launched a new community champions project in Stockport with an event held at...
Post date: June 28, 2013
EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab in Manchester. These sessions were part of...
Post date: April 22, 2013
We were delighted to have been invited to present and share our work at the "Community Energy: Together We Can!" event organised by the Rochdale Borough...
Post date: April 5, 2013
Lorenza and Paul (Co-op board members) held a 'community champions' meeting for their street inside their living room last evening. The workshop was led by Matt who brought along his box of eco-products, samples, information packs and open source...
Post date: March 26, 2013
Many thanks to everyone who made it down to the Carbon Co-op 2013 AGM which took place on Monday 18th March at MadLab in central Manchester. The event was well attended with around half the membership present along with several non-members and...
Post date: March 22, 2013
Many thanks to everyone who came along on the Carbon Co-op Eco House bus tour on Saturday 16th March 2013 and of course to all the householders who...
Post date: March 18, 2013
We've been working with the brilliant OpenEnergyMonitor project to provide monitoring of our current range of home...
Post date: March 10, 2013
The Carbon Co-op blog is a forum for new, updates and discussion and a place for Community Champions and Retrofit Pioneers to post to.
Post date: February 20, 2013
Re-posted from manchesterclimatemonthly
MCFly reader Jonathan Atkinson explains how Carbon...
Post date: October 10, 2012