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...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 25, 2017
Things Manchester current coverage

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...

Author: carlos
Post date: May 10, 2017
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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...

Author: carlos
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 17, 2017
Tagged: Eco Homes

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...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: Jonathan
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:...

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 Halton Mill...

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

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...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: Jonathan
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.

The...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Retrofit, Workshops
Julian's retrofit

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/...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: November 25, 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 developing in CarbonCoop.

The...
Author: carlos
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: November 2, 2016
Tagged: Conferences

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...

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. We will be discussing all...

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 blogging role, but everybody in...

Author: carlos
Post date: October 7, 2016
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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...

Author: Matt
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: September 9, 2016
Tagged: Conferences
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 was off. Anyway here it is....

Author: carlos
Post date: September 6, 2016
Pepople at EcoHomeLab

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...

Author: carlos
Post date: July 21, 2016
Marienplatz

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
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 ;)

We were seven people, six...

Author: carlos
Post date: June 17, 2016
Electricity North West

In June 2016, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op attended the Electricity North West Stakeholder session in Preston, along...

Author: Jonathan
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
Tagged: Smart Grids

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...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: carlos
Post date: May 9, 2016
Tagged: Smart Grids

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...

Author: carlos
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. [1] It’s a short sighted move to make a quick buck. [2] So 38 Degrees member James, a legal services property...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: April 14, 2016
Carbon Co-op AGM

This year's AGM event, which took place on 7th April 2016 at Bridge 5 Mill, featured an illuminating set of...

Author: Jonathan
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....

Author: Jonathan
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?

Click here to view 1hr...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 5, 2016
Tagged: Workshops

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...

Author: Matt
Post date: February 4, 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 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...

Author: Jonathan
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
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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....

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 13, 2015
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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...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
Post date: November 8, 2013
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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...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: September 10, 2013

On Saturday 22nd of June, we launched a new community champions project in Stockport with an event held at...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
Post date: June 28, 2013
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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...

Author: Jonathan
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...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
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...

Author: Paul_Bower
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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 22, 2013
Tagged: Conferences

 

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...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 18, 2013
home energy kit

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

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

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.

Author: admin
Post date: February 20, 2013
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MCFly reader Jonathan Atkinson explains how Carbon...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: October 10, 2012
Tagged: Workshops

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