If you want to take control over your energy usage but you are not sure whether connecting everything to the internet is a positive or a negative thing, this event about smart meters is for you. Carbon Co-op provides the venue and the experts, you only need to bring your questions and interest.
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This event is not only an info session about smart meters but also a possibility to enhance your own influence over your own life. Independent experts will analyse the positive and negative effects of smart meters, which the government seeks to standardize in the UK by 2020. In order to tackle the future head on, Carbon-Coop asked: is this a blessing or a curse? Our speakers will answer, among many other questions, the following:
Carbon Co-op has pioneered a way of supporting homeowners to invest in making their homes warmer and more comfortable – while reducing their energy use by around half, in line with Greater Manchester’s climate goals.
Our ‘Powering Down Together’, is published to coincide with Community Energy Fortnight 2017. It reports on the retrofit of 12 owner-occupied solid-walled homes typical of Manchester’s housing stock. By upgrading the fabric of homes and adding PV panels, cuts of 40-60% or more were made in both energy consumption and emissions, at a level of capital spending that homeowners were willing and able to invest.
Greater Manchester’s new mayor Andy Burnham has said he aims to cut the city region’s emissions by 48% by 2020 - which will require thousands of home retrofits. By combining individual advice and shared action, the “Community Green Deal” has shown a way for these goals to be achieved, says the project team.
As well as dramatically reduced energy bills, homeowners who participated in the project say:
Green Building Store have extended their offer to Carbon Co-op members until December 2017.