Vote Hanover, Vote Paul!

A guest post from Paul Norman (@PaulinBrighton ) from Hanover 10:10 who is well on the way to raising TEN GRAND for the Hanover Centre for roof insulation – though he needs your help! Please read, be inspired and follow the link at the end to vote for Paul and help improve your community centre.

Hello,

Raising interest in a more sustainable lifestyle that drives down carbon means you have to focus…. but how? What are the priorities? What are the problems in practice? With these issues in mind Hanover10:10 have developed a project with our well-used Hanover Community Centre building. This former Victorian school currently has little insulation, and none in the roof!   

We have developed the Hanover Centre Carbon RACE (Reduction, Awareness & Community Engagement) to lead an eco-retrofit of the building. We have had huge support from the local community, with residents attending volunteer insulation events, and have involved University of Brighton students in this community-focused, educational, and practical project to insulate, make adaptations, consider energy generation, and show how these are transferable to the local housing. 

The student technical projects have mapped out the works, priorities (and challenges!) that we face and now we need to work out how to pay for it. Luckily our project was selected last December as one of 10 nationally for an EDF competition to reward sustainability initiatives. We had to report, blog and communicate our work. Now the public decides! Voting opened during the Olympics on 6th August and we are now in a clear 2nd place. But, we need to be 1st to get the £10,000 no strings attached prize, and so immediately funding our “shovel-ready” works at the Centre.

Please Vote for £10,000 for Hanover Centre enviro-refit

 

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Free Energy Efficiency Surveys for Hanover

(Guest post editied from a press release issued by Brighton & Hove 10:10. Go HERE to see the source)

Help is at hand for Hanover homeowners wanting to reducing their energy bills, after four local organisations won Government funding to carry out nearly 200 free home energy efficiency assessments in the city.

Brighton & Hove 1010, Brighton Energy Co-operative, the Low Carbon Trust and Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, working with community partners, including Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, successfully bid for a total of £242,188 from the Government’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF).

The grant will be used to carry out free, energy efficiency surveys in 175 homes in Hanover, Hollingdean and Portslade, and in community centres across the city. Up to 400 homeowners will also receive free energy efficiency packs that will include energy meters, draft-proofing and radiator boosters to help them get started on making their home warmer and more comfortable to live in.

The Green Building Partnership, a newly formed cooperative of local contractors and suppliers that specialises in eco refurbishments, will deliver the reports and surveys.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability Cllr Pete West said: “We’re very pleased to see the LEAF funding being awarded to support these local groups. We recognise all the hard work they have been doing in the city to promote energy efficiency and carbon reduction, and this funding provides a great opportunity to work together and make a real difference for our residents.”

Tom Chute, project manager for Brighton & Hove 1010, said: “This is fantastic news for Brighton & Hove residents. With energy bills increasing every year, it’s vital that we help residents stop wasting energy and make their homes warmer and more comfortable to live in. LEAF helps us start this process.”

If you would like to take part in this scheme, recieve a free home energy audit and report and energy efficiency pack you can telephone The Green Building Partnership on 01273 961272 or go here and fill in a form or turn up at the ‘Warm Home Drop-in” on Saturday Feb 25th at the Hanover Community Centre: 10.30am – 12,30pm and 2-4pm.