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                                                                                                                                                                               IPCC Report released
                                                                                                                                                                               On February 2nd, the Intergovernmental Panel
                                                                                                                                                                               on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Sum-
                                                                                                                                                                               mary for Policymakers of the first volume of

            HECA                                                                                                                                                               Climate Change 2007, their fourth assessment
                                                                                                                                                                               report. Headlines were grabbed by the claim
                                                                                                                                                                               that scientists are now 90% certain that the ob-
                                                                                                                                                                               served rate of global warming is a direct result
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                                                                                                                                                                               of human activity. The full report, the follow-up
     is the quarterly news                                                                                                                                                     to their Third Assessment Report, issued in 00,
      magazine of the UK                                                                                                                                                       is due to be released in May this year.
     Home Energy Conser-
                                                                                                                                                                               To download the summary, visit www.ipcc.ch
       vation Association
                                    The Pelamis wave energy converter undergoing sea trials in January 2007
                                                                                                                                                                               Have you checked out
      Past issues of HECA
                                    (photo copyright Ocean Power Delivery)
     Network News can be
       downloaded from                                                                                                                                                         Better Priced Energy?
      www.ukheca.org.uk                                                                                                                                                        A new service has been set up, by the Leic-
                                   Pelamis rides wave of success!                                                                                                              stershire / Northamptonshire Energy Efficiency
                                                                                                                         sea bed at EMEC’s tidal site. OpenHydro was the       Advice Centre and Leicester City Council, for
                                   In February this year, the Scottish Executive announced more than £4 million of       first company to install a tidal turbine at EMEC      householders to check if they are getting the
                                   funding to enable the construction of the UK’s first wave farm in Orkney.             during 006.                                          best deal on their gas and electricity. The web
                                   The project will be sited at EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre, and             Ocean Power Technology £0.598 million: The Pow-       site compares prices for all power companies
                                   will use four Pelamis wave energy converters with a combined output of 3MW,           erBuoy is a buoy acting as a point absorber which     serving the UK, unlike some of the better known
                                   enough to power around ,000 homes. The wave farm will be the world’s larg-           moves up and down a central ‘spar’ as the wave        web sites, and it will also show from what source
                                   est when it opens at the end of October.                                              passes by.                                            the electricity is produced.
                                   The Pelamis P-750 Wave Energy Converter is the result of six years of extensive       Aquamarine £0.275 million: Oyster devices are de-     To check if you’re getting the best price, go to
                                   testing, modelling and development by Ocean Power Delivery Ltd. The ma-               signed to exploit the wave resource in near-shore     www.betterpricedenergy.org.uk or call 0116
                                   chine is a semi-submerged, articulated structure composed of cylindrical sec-         locations. The near-shore environment is consid-      2995146. The service is available right across
                                   tions linked by hinged joints. The wave-induced motion of these joints is resisted    ered to be an optimal location for a device as        the UK.
                                   by hydraulic rams, which pump high-pressure oil through hydraulic motors, driv-       the waves retain significant power compared to
                                   ing electrical generators. Power from all the joints is fed down a single umbilical
                                   cable to a junction on the sea bed. Each Pelamis machine is 50 metres long,
                                                                                                                         an offshore location but the damaging extreme
                                                                                                                         waves are limited by water depth. This location is    Australia to Ban Bulbs
                                   3 metres high and weighs 700 tonnes!                                                  considered to reduce the capital and operating        Australian Environment Minister, Malcolm
                                   In total, grants worth more than £3 million were announced for marine energy         costs and hence maximise economic efficiency.         Turnbull has announced that Australia will be
                                   projects in Scottish waters.                                                          CleanTechCom £0.73 million: two  metre di-          phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favour
                                                                                                                         ameter siphon pipes which pass through the No         of energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs
                                   Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen revealed details of the nine projects that will
                                                                                                                          Churchill Barrier on land at the Northern tip of    within the next three years - a world first by a
                                   share the money, with the initial fund of £8 million increased by £5.5 million to
                                                                                                                         Lamb Holm island on Orkney.                           national government. Exemptions may apply
                                   meet demand. Mr Stephen said the industry had the potential to create thou-
                                                                                                                                                                               for special needs such as medical lighting.
                                   sands of jobs and attract millions of pounds of investment.                           Wavegen £0.49 million: development and testing
                                                                                                                         of an advanced Wells turbine system which is ex-      This switch would help Australia reduce its an-
                                   Ministers also confirmed that the Executive has reached its target to have 18
                                                                                                                         pected to be utilized on a wave energy project        nual carbon dioxide emissions by 800,000
                                   per cent of Scotland’s electricity generated from renewable sources, years
       Please send any news                                                                                              on the Western Isles, at Siadar, which is currently   tonnes by 2012. “If the rest of the world ... fol-
                                   ahead of schedule.
     items, articles or pictures                                                                                         being developed with npower renewables. This          lows our lead, this will reduce an amount of en-
    that you would like to see     Other successful bidders for a share of the Marine Energy Fund are:                   project will use Wavegen’s existing Oscillating       ergy to the tune of five times as much energy
    in HECA Network News to:                                                                                             Water Column (OWC) at the Limpet site, near           as Australia consumes,” he said.
                                   AWS Ocean Energy £.8 million: design, construction, installation, testing and
         Helen Atkins at the       demonstration of a 500kW Archimedes Wave Swing (“AWS”) wave energy con-               Portnahaven on the island of Islay.
       UK HECA Secretariat -       verter at the European Wave Energy Centre.                                            Tidal Generation £0.077 million: extraction of a      Job Vacancies
helen.atkins@ukheca.org.uk         ScotRenewables £1.796 million: the SRTT is a floating tidal stream energy con-        core sample of seabed from the berth area Tidal
                                                                                                                                                                               If you’re a job hunter or you’re looking to re-
     Tel: 06 99 533            verter. The concept involves dual horizontal-axis rotors driving generators within    Generation’s machine will occupy.
                                                                                                                                                                               cruit in the field of energy conservation or sus-
  2-4 Market Place South,          sub-surface nacelles.                                                                 For more information, including video footage of      tainable energy, visit the UK HECA jobs page:
     Leicester, LE1 5HB            Open Hydro £1.214 million: 250kW Open-Centre Turbine to be installed on the           Pelamis in action, visit: www.oceanpd.com             www.ukheca.org.uk/jobs.php
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                                                                             Will Pierce was interviewed by HTV Wales,    A heat pump unit
                                                                             during the recent cold, snowy weather.
                                                                             Tenants, also interviewed, reported that
                                                                             their homes were lovely and warm.

                                                                                                                                                                   From left to right: Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Social Justice & Regeneration -
                                                                                                                                                                      Sandy Mewies AM Delyn, Flintshire - Will Pierce, Energy Manager Flintshire
                                                                                                                                                                        County Council - Nia Prys-Williams, Home Energy Conservation Officer -
                                                                                                                                                                        Adam Chown, EAGA Partnership - Aaron Shotton, Leader Flintshire CC -
     The drilling rig in place outside one of the dwellings                                                                                                           Cllr Bernie Attridge, Executive Member for Housing and Consumer Affairs.

     Flintshire installs ground                               proaching twenty years of age, were inefficient
                                                              and not up to current standards and therefore in
                                                                                                                         needs of elderly people who tend to be less mo-
                                                                                                                         bile and at home longer. There are also signifi-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Home information
     source heat pumps                                        need of replacement .                                      cant environmental benefits as some 75% of the                      packs update
                                                                                                                         energy needed to heat the properties is obtained
                                                              Flintshire County Council’s scheme is one of the
     Flintshire County Council has installed vertical                                                                    free from the ground, making these systems sus-                     A number of milestones have been achieved
                                                              first in Wales, and the system incorporates ground
     borehole Ground Source Heat Pump systems in                                                                         tainable from an energy perspective, and with a                     towards 1 June when Home Information Packs
                                                              source heat pumps to the eight bungalows in the
     eight of its Council owned sheltered accommo-                                                                       significant reduction in carbon emissions.                          go live:
                                                              Sheltered Housing Complex at Is-y-Mynydd, Cil-
     dation properties.
                                                              cain. Vertical bore holes have been drilled to a           The installation of the heatpumps and associat-                     •   Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
     Cllr Bernie Attridge, Executive Member for Hous-         depth of 75 metres. A loop of plastic pipe (ground         ed drilling works cost £46,800. This figure includes                    are on course for roll-out on  June and the
     ing and Consumer services said, “With the costs          loop) is placed in the bore holes and a water /            Welsh Assembly Government funding of £5,00.                           key infrastructure is now in place.
     of all fuels rising significantly over the last couple   anti freeze mix, connected to a heat pump unit, is         Whilst this is more expensive than a replacement
                                                                                                                                                                                             •   The   National    Occupational     Standard
     of years and with no mains gas available to the          then circulated around this circuit. The lowgrade          oil boiler, each unit should have a life span three
                                                                                                                                                                                                 (NOS) and three qualifications have been
     village we needed to look into alternative eco-          warmth absorbed from the ground by the ground              times that of a conventional boiler with no ongo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 approved to enable those wishing to be-
     nomic forms of heating that benefit our tenants          loop is then heated by the refrigeration cycle to          ing maintenance costs. The groundloop (outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                 come Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs)
     and that are good for the environment.                   a suitable temperature to be circulated around             pipework down the borehole) should last over 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to get trained up and ready to produce
                                                              conventional radiators and to provide all the hot          years, so the system is sustainable, and cost effec-
     “This system provides affordable warmth for po-                                                                                                                                             EPCs, from June.
                                                              water to the properties.                                   tive over the life of the system.
     tentially vulnerable people and is a positive move
                                                                                                                                                                                             •   In addition, new standards for accredita-
     towards the eradication of fuel poverty as direct-       The warmth absorbed from the ground provides               Adam Chown, of Eaga Wales, said, “Since HEES
                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion have been established, and schemes
     ed by the Welsh Assembly Government.”                    approximately 75% of the energy used to power              was set up in 2000, we have installed energy ef-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 which apply to accredit assessors will be
                                                              this system making the running costs comparable            ficiency measures in more than 67,000 homes
     The system was chosen as a pilot study because                                                                                                                                              expected to meet them.
                                                              to, or slightly better than mains gas. This heating        across Wales. We are obviously keen to reach as
     of the rising cost of energy and the council’s re-
                                                              system, common in many parts of Europe, costs              many vulnerable people as possible, which is why                    A leaflet promoting the opportunities and pro-
     sponsibilities as landlords to try to minimise the
                                                              a little more to install than an oil fired system but      we are delighted to be working closely with Flint-                  viding information about how to become a
     effects of fuel poverty, which particularly affect
                                                              lasts up to three times longer, and requires no            shire County Council to help provide renewable                      DEA has been produced.
     elderly people who generally are on a limited in-
                                                              maintenance.                                               energy measures.”                                                   The leaflet along with further information
     come. Ground Source Heat Pumps typically cost
                                                                                                                                           For more information, contact:                    on EPC and DEAs can be found at:
     35 to 40 % less to run than an Oil fired installation.   Ground source heat pumps work best when
                                                                                                                                      Nia Price Williams, tel: 01352 703766                  www.homeinformationpacks.gov.uk.
     The former heating systems in Cilcain were ap-           providing constant warmth which matches the

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             national home energy conference 007                                                                        17-18 MAy 2007 IN BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
                                                                                                                         The theme for the 2007 conference, which will be the first to be held in Northern Ire-
                                                                                                                         land, is: Fuelling the debate: Energy Efficiency / Renewables / Nuclear Power.
                                                                                                                         The Conference has a new direction, with the focus being to encourage debate
                                                                                                                         on ways we can supply energy to our homes, whilst accepting responsibilities for a                           HECA
                                                      www.ukheca.org.uk/conference                                       lower carbon future. Another first, will be arranging visits to see some of the excellent
                                                                                                                         projects and achievements that have been made in Northern Ireland.

                                                      fuelling the debate
                                                                                                                         UK HECA also accepts that travelling to and from conferences causes emissions.                      uk home energy
                                                                                                                         In order to help mitigate these effects, UK HECA have agreed a package with the                        conservation
                                                                                                                         Woodland Trust to help offset these emissions.
                                                      energy efficiency | renewables | nuclear power                     log on to www.ukheca.org.uk/conference to book your place.

     For delegates booked onto
     Package A we have also
     arranged a pre-conference
                                       PrOGRAMME DAy 1: THURSDAy 17 MAy 2007                                             PrOGRAMME DAy 2: FRIDAy 18 MAy 2007                                                     we are supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Woodland Trust
     networking event, which will      Chair: Professor John Chesshire                                                   Chair: Baroness Maddock
     include a drinks reception,
     to welcome you to Northern        8:30    Coffee & registration                                                     9:00     Coffee & Exhibition Viewing
     Ireland!                          9:30    Oliver Myers - UK HECA Chair                                              9:30     Baroness Maddock
     conference sponsors
     This will be held on Wednesday
                                               UK HECA Chair’s Welcome                                                            Chair’s Welcome                                                      SEMINArS
                                       9:35    Paddy McIntyre - Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Housing Executive      9:40     Brian rowntree - NI Housing Executive Chair
     6 May at 9:00pm in the Library                                                                                                                                                                   Seminar 1: Intelligent Metering / EEC3
                                               Welcome Address                                                                    Keynote Address
     Bar, (Mezzanine level).                                                                                                                                                                           Seminar 2: NI Energy Saving Trust
                                       9:45    Senior Government Official                                                0:00    richard Davies - Director, Marches Energy Agency
                                               Keynote Address                                                                    Title to be confirmed                                                Advice Centre Pilot Showcase
                                       0:00   Noel Williams - Head of EST Northern Ireland                              0:0    Break                                                                Seminar 3: Low Carbon Building Programme
                                               Energy Saving Trust Segmentation Tool                                     0:30    Site visits / Seminars                                               Seminar 4: The HECA review
                                       0:0   John Gilliland - Sustainable Development Commission                       3:00    Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
                                       0:40   Break and Exhibition Viewing                                              4:00    Catrin Maby - Director, Severn Wye Energy Agency
                                       :5   Children’s Performance                                                             SErENADE (Sharing Expertise in Energy Advice Across Europe)
                                               Title to be confirmed                                                     4:0    Philip Sellwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                       SITE VISITS
                                       11:45   Patrick Waterfield - Energy Consultant                                             Presentation title to be confirmed                                   Visit 1: Tour of Belfast East to West
                                       :05   Stephen Stretton - Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy (EFN)             4:40    Dr Passmore                                                          Visit 2: Oxford Island Nature Reserve
                                               Contribution of nuclear energy to our future energy mix                            Presentation title to be confirmed                                   Visit 3: Thermomax Solar Panel Factory
                                       :30   Lunch & Exhibition Viewing                                                5:00    Q&A
                                       13:30   Debate: Energy Efficiency / renewables / Nuclear Power                    5:30    Finish
                                               Chaired by Wendy Austin - BBC Northern Ireland Journalist / Broadcaster
                                       4:30   Site visits / Seminars
                                       7:00   Close

                                       Evening Programme Day : Thursday 7 May 007
                                       18:45   Drinks Reception
                                       9:30   Conference Gala Dinner
                                       :00   Irish Dancing
                                       :5   HECA Awards Ceremony
                                       :00   Live Band
                                       00:00   Disco

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     Trust ensures better                                                     awards for extreme cases of vulnerability. A typi-                                                                                          Northern Ireland
     energy payments
                                                                              cal circumstance might be where there is a ter-
                                                                              minally ill member of a household. These awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Housing Executive
     The EDF Energy Trust is a charitable trust, estab-
                                                                              will account for some of the individuals who fail to                                                                                        Solar Panel
     lished in October 2003 and overseen by a board
                                                                              maintain their energy payments on an ongoing
                                                                              basis and the Trust understands that this is likely to
     of independent trustees. Its aim is to help relieve
                                                                              be the case.
     and prevent poverty by educating the public on                                                                                                                                                                       As Home Energy Conservation Author-
     personal debt issues. During the first three years                       The sample statistics confirm recent reports com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ity for Northern Ireland, the Housing Ex-
     of operation, the Trust has awarded more than                            piled by EDF Energy which also suggest that more                                                                  Pictured left to right:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ecutive has been involved in many pilot
     £ million and assisted around 4,300 households                          than 70 per cent of customers who received a                                     Brian Rowntree, Chairman of N.I. Housing Executive
                                                                                                                                                          Peter Hain MP, Secretary of State for N. Ireland (& Wales)      projects to test the viability of renewa-
     with awards targeted at relief of energy and oth-                        grant from the Trust more than a year before are
                                                                              able to meet ongoing charges for energy.                                                      A tenant of the N.I. Housing Executive        bles in reducing energy consumption.
     er debts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Following the success of these projects
     As part of their continuing commitment to im-                            The following chart shows the impact of Trust                                                 houses fitted with their new solar panels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and, in particular, the use of solar ther-
     proving the value of the individual grants pro-                          awards on individual customers who have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mal panels, the Housing Executive has
     gramme, the Trustees were keen to evaluate the                           both supported financially in times of particular
                                                                              need and in their commitment to improving their                                                                                             been keen to find a way to mainstream
     impact of grants on applicants. Having received
                                                                              personal financial management.                                                                                                              this technology.
     a grant, how were individuals managing energy
     needs and payments? And was additional work                                        % Customers with debt outstanding vs Age of Grant                                                                                 Following the recent launch by Peter
                                                                             % Customers with debt outstandingdays old     vs age of grant
     required to help beneficiaries develop sustain-                                No Debt Debt 0 - 60 days old Debt > 60                                                                                                Hain, of the Environment and renewable

     able budgets to ease longer term commitments?                                                                                                                                                                        Energy Fund to promote the use of re-
     To answer such questions, the Trust commissioned                        100%                                                                                                                                         newables, the Housing Executive made
     a number of money advice agencies to under-                                                                                                                                                                          a successful bid and received £.8m
                                                            % Customers

                                                                                        21%                                                   24%

     take a pilot study on its behalf.                                       80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          which will enable the installation of solar
                                                                                        14%                                                    6%

     Seven voluntary sector agencies in the south of                                                                8%                                                                                                    thermal panels in over 600 NIHE homes

     England took part in the pilot study, all of which                                                                                                                                                                   over two years. Since August 006, the
     had extensive experience of submitting applica-                         40%                                                                                                                                          Housing Executive has already installed
     tions to the Trust on behalf of their clients.                                                                                                                                                                       solar thermal panels in over 300 dwell-
                                                                                        65%                         62%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ings in estates in Belfast, Dromore, Car-

     From these agencies, a total of 0 individuals
     underwent in-depth face-to-face or telephone                             0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rickfergus, Magherafelt and Limavady.
     interviews.                                                                       0-6 mths                  6 - 12 mths                > 12 mnths
                                                                                                       Date of EDF Energy Trust award                    ess and for being asked if they required further                 By utilising the existing heating replace-
     An analysis of the results revealed:                                                   Date of EDF Energy Trust Award
                                                                                                                                                         assistance. “It’s good that the Trust and advice                 ment programme and the Housing Ex-
     •   78 per cent of those receiving an award were                          NB Statistics are based on a sample size of 3,77                         worker still take an interest. Nice to have a check-             ecutive’s two main heating contractors,
         successfully managing their energy payments                          EDF Energy customers who have received an                                  up”.                                                             administration costs have been kept to
         since the award was made                                             award from the Trust.
                                                                                                                                                         It is clear that the creation and work of such an                a minimum ensuring that the maximum
     •   79 per cent of those receiving awards felt that                      The Trust is clearly reaching people who, given                            energy trust, positively supported by a corporate                number of panels can be installed.
         the award had enabled them to make a fresh                           the chance, will show a firm commitment to pay-                            donor, can deliver significant improvement in the
                                                                              ing their bills in the future. This is despite the fact                                                                                     It is anticipated that the panels will pro-
         start                                                                                                                                           abilities and commitment to pay for those seek-
                                                                              their financial circumstances are often still under                                                                                         vide around 40 – 50% of the household’s
     It is evident from this limited survey that the im-                                                                                                 ing support.
                                                                              pressure.                                                                                                                                   annual hot water requirements. The re-
     pact on managing budgets around energy pay-                                                                                                         Many agencies and members of the public are
                                                                              Comments received from individuals included:                                                                                                sultant reduction in oil and gas usage
     ments improves as a consequence of the awards,                                                                                                      also unaware of the options open to them for sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will not only reduce carbon emissions
     beyond that of managing the overall household                            “The award made a big difference to me and has                             port and advice from charitable trusts, such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but will also result in lower energy bills for
     budget. It also suggests the awards are reaching                         helped me maintain more regular payment pat-                               energy efficiency services and the like. The Trust
                                                                              terns”                                                                     intends to address this further with a series of free            tenants. Fuel poverty levels in Northern
     the right people – that is, individuals or house-
     holds that before receiving the award simply                                                                                                        energy debt courses for advice workers in 2007.                  Ireland are among the highest in the UK
                                                                              “Seems better now as direct debit payments have
     couldn’t pay their energy bills and now wish to                                                                                                                                                                      with many of the fuel poor resident in so-
                                                                              been set up to control ongoing bills”                                      For further details on the EDF Energy Trust, or
     make a fresh start. Where there is little or no evi-                                                                                                                                                                 cial housing. Therefore, the solar thermal
                                                                              “Very pleased with support given through a par-                            how to apply for a grant through the individual
     dence that an award will result in a sustainable                                                                                                    grants programme, please visit the website at                    programme will have a positive impact
                                                                              ticularly difficult time”
     difference to an individual’s ongoing budget, the                                                                                                   www.edfenergytrust.org.uk,                                       on fuel poverty as well as air quality and
                                                                              Most respondents indicated how happy they
     Trust makes a limited number of ‘quality of life’                                                                                                   call the information line on 01733 421050                        HECA targets.
                                                                              were to be contacted for feedback on the proc-
                                                                                                                                                         or email: clairewatt@charisgrants.com                                                        - Maureen Kerr
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                                                                                                                                    Sutherland Comparative
                                                                                                                                    Heating Cost Tables
                                                                                                                                    The Sutherland Comparative Domestic Heating Cost Tables have been
                                                                                                                                    published regularly in various journals and magazines since 976 and have
                                                                                                                                    gained a reputation as an independent and impartial source of fuel and
                                                                                                                                    heating cost data. Since January 006, the tables have been published by
                                                                                                                                    DPW Associates - a small Belfast-based consultancy with over 5 years expe-
                                                                                                                                    rience in the fields of energy and IT.

                                                                                                                                    The tables, which are published twice yearly, are intended to be used to
                                                                                                                                    compare different domestic fuels and the costs of using them under simi-
                                                                                                                                    lar conditions, throughout regions of UK and Ireland, using assumed heating
                                                                                                                                    and hot water loads for different house types in each region. Information

                                                                                                                   Water Woman      is provided on the cost of space and water heating of three sizes of house;
                                                                                                                                    namely, two-bedroom terraced, three-bedroom semi-detached and four-
                                                                                                                                    bedroom detached. The means of heating include solid fuel in its various
                                                                                                                                    forms, through electricity in both peak and off-peak appliances, mains gas,
                                                                                                                                    LPG and oil. Also covered is the cost of heating an individual room by all com-
     Beeston Fields Junior School Energy Heroes with the Mayor of Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Doug Wilcockson
                                                                                                                                    mon means ranging from open and closed solid fuel appliances, through
                                                                                                                                    gas and electric heaters to fixed and portable LPG heaters.

     School Energy Heroes                                    energy saving facts provided by displays and in-                       Using our background in energy and IT, we have been able to maintain and
                                                             teractive experiments like the S Cube - an edu-                        develop not only the content of the Tables, but also the way in which they
     Help Save The Planet                                    cational toy containing a small wind turbine and                       are produced - we have moved to web-based access, streamlining produc-
                                                             solar panel.                                                           tion of the tables, enhancing ease of access – and of course reducing our
     A partnership of local organisations including                                                                                 energy and environmental impact via absence of paper and mailing trans-
                                                             With the afternoon of activities completed, each
     Broxtowe Borough Council, Global Action Plan -                                                                                 portation!
                                                             pupil was presented with their new Energy Hero
     ecoteams and the Healthy Housing Service have                                                                                  regarding the content of the Tables, we have moved to a monthly sample
                                                             name, certificate, low energy light bulbs, pens,
     been working together to create a new bred of                                                                                  rate for fuel/energy costs, which helps to even out seasonal swings in prices.
                                                             and stickers and sent out on their ultimate mission
     Heroes - ENERGy HEROES!                                                                                                        We have also introduced a new index, based on current Building regula-
                                                             to “Switch off, Recycle and Spread the Message”.
     year 5/6 pupils in four Junior Schools in Broxtowe                                                                             tions standards, which runs alongside the existing index (based on stand-
                                                             This is what some of the Heroes said:
     Borough have taken part in an afternoon of events                                                                              ards prevailing at the time the Tables began). The latter may thus be suitable
                                                             Peter McColl, aged 0 AKA - FUSION FORCE - “I
     to transform them from school children into ener-                                                             Insulation Boy   for the existing building stock while the new index is more representative of
     gy warriors on a mission to save the planet.            have learnt what could happen with global                              newbuild. We are also reviewing the underlying algorithms and assumptions
                                                             warming and what we can do to help save the                            used in producing the data and considering other fuels (eg biomass) and
     Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a fun
                                                             earth”                                                                 electricity tariffs. However, we do not wish to overly complicate the Tables,
     Climate Change based drama, set in the year
                                                             Francesca Wood, aged 0 AKA - INFRA RED -                              which already contain a large amount of information and we also need to
     06. The drama was especially commissioned for
                                                             “more people should cycle to cut carbon emis-                          provide continuity with previously published material to maintain a historical
     the events and used time travel to highlight the
                                                             sions from cars”                                                       perspective (a rolling 5-year average of fuel costs is provided).
     consequences of continuing to waste energy and
     emphasised how even small actions like switching        Staci Henshaw, aged  AKA - WAVE WARRIOR - “If                        A key advantage when it comes to producing the Tables is that we are en-
     off a light can help save the planet. Pupils also       you do the washing put it outside to dry and not in                    tirely commercially independent. Our energy activities are focused mainly
     took part in a solar car workshop learning about        the tumble dryer”                                                      on reducing energy consumption in buildings, no matter what type of fuel or
     renewable energy, building and then racing cars                                                                                energy is used. We therefore have no interest in favouring, or appearing to
                                                             Events took place during Oct 06 at Sunnyside Pri-                      favour, any one fuel or energy type over another.
     powered only by the sun.
                                                             mary School, Albany Junior School, Beeston Fields
     After a talk featuring the Broxtowe Recycling           Junior School and Eastwood Junior School, with                         The Sutherland Tables are provided on a subscription basis, with additional
     team and Brock the Badger, the pupils were sent         further events planned for the next school year.                       license fees for those wishing to use the content for training or promotional
     on missions to complete an Energy themed work-                                                                                 purposes.
                                                              For further information about the Energy Heroes
     book. Aided by Energy Man, Water Woman and                                                                                     Please visit our new website at www.sutherlandtables.co.uk for more infor-
                                                             project please contact Lee Morton, Energy Man-
     Insulation Boy, children were encouraged to find
                                                                 ger, Broxtowe Borough Council 0115 917 3065       Energy Man       mation. We always welcome feedback from current and potential users of
                                                                                                                                    the Tables regarding ongoing improvements to the service.
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