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written by Sion Lanini on April 19, 2011
We’re pleased to share with you that over the last two academic years, we have…. (drum roll):
-Trained over 90 volunteers over 4 semesters!
-Worked with 104 homes – saving 126 tonnes CO2!
-Held 128 personal consultations at 39 Energy Saving Advice Clinics around campus – saving 67 tonnes CO2!
-Worked with Resident Assistants to save over 100 tonnes in University self-catered accommodation!
-Held over a dozen workshops!
Hurray! Congratulations to everyone for the hard work and keen participation that’s happened over the last 18 months. What the above list doesn’t reflect is the hundreds of hours that we have collectively spent bringing the project to life and making it happen!
Let’s celebrate! Why not join us for our trip to Woodlands?
written by Olga Bloemen onJoin in for the epic Big Green Makeover of the Uni’s Woodlands Outdoor Education Facility in the Highlands, from the 21st to the 24th of May, when most of the exams are over!
written by Sion Lanini on January 20, 2011
Last week, Fairtrade Cafe joined forces with the Big Green Makeover project to raise £90 for Practical Action to support their practical community-based projects!
Fairtrade Cafe cooked a tasty curried potato soup to fill people’s tummies and the Big Green Makeover hosted an Energy Saving Advice Clinic to help students save energy and money on their bills.
Practical Action provide small loans and technical support for communities to set up small-scale renewable energy projects. For more information, please check out the Practical Action website.
*Fairtrade Cafe serves delicious home-made soup every Wednesday from 12.30-1.30 in the Chaplaincy. You can find a list of upcoming Energy Saving Advice Clinics in the Big Green Makeover section.
written by Sion Lanini on January 11, 2011
How can energy companies respond to the energy crisis and the necessary transition to a lower carbon, more resilient economy and way of life?
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That’s the question posed by nPower as part of their Energy Challenge 2011 inter-university competition.
They’re inviting students from the UK, Netherlands and Germany who are in their penultimate or final year of study to share their ideas of how energy companies can meet climate change targets, maintain security of supply and keep energy bills affordable for households.
More information about the competition can be found on the Energy Challenge website. Do let us know if you participate!
written by Sion Lanini on December 3, 2010
The Energy Saving Trust has just launched a new search tool to help you find new appliances that have achieved their Energy Saving Trust Recommended label. This guarantees a level of energy efficiency for the appliance you’re looking to get, which will keep your energy usage and bills as low as possible over its lifetime.
You can search by product type and also read more about the certification standard on the EST website.
written by Irina Nedelcu on December 2, 2010
Edinburgh flats tend to be a wee bit chilly this time of year. And heating them up means spending a lot of money. Although not really..
written by Sion Lanini on November 29, 2010
If you’re a tenant anywhere in Scotland and have an old inefficient boiler (ie. less than 70%, usually rated G), your landlord is now eligible for £400 towards a brand new Energy Saving Recommended boiler!
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This is a great incentive for landlords to start acting now to make their properties more energy efficient - helping you to keep your bills as low as possible and and reducing your carbon footprint.
For guidance on how your landlord can claim, please visit the Energy Saving Trust information pages.
Looking for more help to save energy? Find out how the Big Green Makeover project can help you through Home Visits or one of their Energy Saving Advice Clinics.
written by Sion Lanini on October 27, 2010
As well as being Edinburgh Sustainability Week, with lots of fantastic events and activities happening for students and staff around campus, this week is Energy Saving Week hosted by the Energy Saving Trust!