£1 in every £4 spent on heating in the UK estimated to be wasted

Currently, around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from the domestic housing stock. Furthermore, it has been estimated that £1 in every £4 spent on heating in the UK is wasted. Community retrofit projects have the potential to reduce the amount of energy wasted and therefore reduce carbon emissions from homes. Improving[…]

Can community energy reduce rising energy price fears?

According to Kingfisher’s 2014 European Home Report, in which 17,000 people across 9 European countries were surveyed, rising energy prices are one of the biggest fears to households across Europe. The report found that 65% fearing rising energy prices and 40% worrying about paying bills. Initial costs of energy retrofit in homes can be off[…]

Cold homes cost the NHS £1.36 billion every year

Respiratory, cardiovascular diseases and mental health issues can be triggered, and made worse, from living in cold homes. As a result, cold related illnesses caused by energy inefficient homes cost the NHS millions each year. In fact, it has been calculated by Age UK  that cold homes cost the NHS in England £1.36 billion annually[…]

25,000 estimated to die in the UK as a result of living in cold temperatures

The link between poorly heated homes and human health is stark: it is estimated that 25,000 people die each year in the UK as a result of living in cold temperatures. Cold homes can trigger respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and have been linked to mental health issues. Residents living in temperatures above  21 degrees are[…]

SmartKlub joins UK Green Build Council task group

SmartKlub’s previous blog highlights the social benefits that can be delivered through community led retrofit programmes, specifically from Nottingham’s “Secure Warm Modern programme”. We hope that this has sparked your interest in energy efficiency projects being more than just about kWhs! SmartKlub believes that more community projects like this are needed to help create local[…]

A case study for community-led retrofit: ‘Secure Warm Modern’ homes in Nottingham

Poorly insulated houses have widespread detrimental impacts.  Not only economic and environmental, but social too. Therefore, simple energy efficiency measures can create a plethora of benefits to residents, public services and the environment. In this blogpost we examine a case study that highlights this. Launched in 2008, The Secure Warm Modern (SWM) programme in Nottingham[…]

SmartKlub Chair House of Commons Debate

Charles Bradshaw-Smith, Co-CEO of SmartKlub, chaired a lively debate on The Community Energy Revolution when the city of Nottingham showcased in Parliament the businesses, institutions and projects that have become a pivotal part of the city’s development. SmartKlub was invited to participate due to its partnering in a groundbreaking Community Energy project in Nottingham Trent[…]

Spine District Heat Network

Leeds City Council has recently launched a large scale district heating tender opportunity. The first project is for the installation of a c6km DHN along with associated infrastructure and equipment (the Spine) that will enable the delivery of heat generated at the Council’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (the RERF) through to the city centre,[…]

Leeds District Heating Networks Bidders Day

Bidders Day (Design, Build and Operation of three separate district heating networks) Leeds City Council will run a bidders day to present the project and answer related questions from prospective bidders. This will be attended by officers from Housing Leeds and the Project Management team, including Housing, Legal, Technical and Procurement specialists. We intend to[…]

Smart Meters and Energy Behaviours – technology and people

Smart Meters and Energy Behaviours – Technology and People. In November 2015, about 40 people gathered at ODI in Leeds for a SmartKlub conversation with a difference – this one was part of a live research project:  a collaboration between the sustainability Research Institute at University of Leeds and the City Council.  We had tech[…]