Other people's experiences
If you sometimes wonder where to start with tackling your own greenhouse gas emissions, WinACC Trustee Bob Whitmarsh has just published a book to help you.
Gayzer Frackman, from Fylde in Lancashire, plans to challenge the Government's upcoming decision re allowing fracking in Blackpool, on climate change and human rights grounds.
The case, if successful, will stop fracking in Blackpool and help to stop fracking elsewhere in the UK.
A new ceiling at the Meon Hall in Meonstoke has improved not only the energy efficiency of the Main Hall but the appearance and the acoustics. The work was carried out following an energy report and advice from WinACC and with the help of grants from local Parish Councils, Winchester City Council and Hampshire Playing Fields Association.
Inspired by WinACC's open meeting in February, one of our members wrote this list of "Seventeen Small Things You Can Do To Make A Big Change" from his own experience.
Our August open meeting was an informal chance to share stories about what we've all been doing and celebrate our successes.
Several WinACC supporters told their stories of reducing their use of fossil fuels at home.
At WinACC's open meeting on 2 August 2014, Ewan Simmonds shared his data on gas and electricty consumption over the years, showing the impact of installing solar water heating, solar PV and a new boiler. Here is a pdf of his data.
The then DECC Minister Greg Barker and local MP Steve Brine came to hear about Cool Communities from people who've been piloting this exciting new programme for WinACC in June 2014.
What's it like to get solid wall insulation put on the outside of your house? Disruptive or well worth it? Mike from Bristol shares his experiences.
Local politicians from all three major political parties backed Open GreenHouse: local climate change campaigners opening their homes on Sunday 10 July to show neighbours how to cut energy use.
WinACC members Rob & Sue Veck aimed to reduce the emissions of their house by 80%. The Sustainable Energy Academy has estimated that they've hit 79%, leaving the family to find 1% more in 40 years to achieve the Kyoto target.
It has never been so important to change our habits to reduce our carbon footprints. How can we go about creating such a change?
Andy Smale, WinACC's Home Energy Advisor, recently visited Sarah Jones, a local social housing tenant, at the request of the landlord. She lives in a house in the countryside which is not close to mains gas, and so she relies on expensive electric heating.
People often ask us here at WinACC to put them in touch with other people who have already installed something such as solar power, stoves, biomass boilers or heat pumps. They want to talk to someone that has been there, done that. We try to help but we don't know what you all have.
Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. They started their journey in January 2006 and since then they have cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 23%. Their website gives you a flavour.