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Low carbon zone nears completion

Muswell Hill Traders gave us an exciting Green Day on 31 March 2012.  Up and down the Broadway there were musicians, go-go dancers, conjurors and jugglers. And rickshaws did the rounds, carrying customers round the shops to buy discounted green merchandise.  Tucked away in the Crocodile Café was a Green Grotto where the MHSG had … Continue Reading

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Low carbon awards for Alan and Kate

There was prize giving in the Green Grotto on 31 March 2012 and inevitably Alan Morton, our Prime Mover of the Low Carbon Zone and other sustainability projects in Muswell Hill, was up for an Oscar.  He outlined MHSG’s plans for extending our 100 homes project into other neighbourhoods (Bounds Green, the Harringay Ladder, Crouch … Continue Reading

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Are FiTs no longer fit for purpose ?

You could be forgiven for being confused by the present proposals around the flagship scheme to support decentralised, small scale renewable energy systems.  After all, if the “Greenest Government Ever” is unclear about it, how are we supposed to know what is going on ? Well, without standing on my soapbox for too long, let … Continue Reading

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16% carbon reduction this year in our 100 Homes project

The first 26 households in our 100 Homes Project have reported a 16% reduction in carbon emissions, compared to last year. We launched the 100 Homes project eighteen months ago to help homes outside the Low Carbon Zone reduce their emissions.We’ve been working with an initial set of 50 households, mostly in Muswell Hill, but … Continue Reading

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Big discounts on Energy monitors and LED bulbs

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Muswell Hill Sustainability Group members can benefit from big discounts on Efergy Elite energy monitors – we are selling for £25, compared to Amazon best price of £35.  We are also selling top quality Phillips LED GU10 bulbs (50 W equivalent).  These are professional quality bulbs which we are selling at £15, compared to a … Continue Reading

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Reduction in Feed-in-Tariff

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced a fast-track consulation on the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) subsidy for solar pv installations.  For domestic solar installations (less than 4 kWp) a reduction from 43p to 21p is being proposed.  This would reduce the return on investment from 8-10% to 4-5% and the pay-back period from … Continue Reading

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Full house at our Boilers/Insulation event!

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We had a full house at our information evening on boilers and insulation last week.  The packed agenda included the scary stuff about rising bills and rising global temperatures, then we had Dermot Barnes from Ecodomus talk about the ins and outs of new boilers and the different types of insulation.  We talked about our … Continue Reading

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WE HELP THE METHODISTS GO SOLAR

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Crowds flocked to the Methodist Garden Party on Saturday afternoon, 25 June 2011 where our 39 solar panels were on public display for the first time.  All the traditional elements in a Garden Party were there, including cream teas and a brass band; and Alan Morton took the mic to tell a respectful audience how … Continue Reading

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Low Carbon Buying Group extended to new boilers

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The Low Carbon Buying Group has been extended to cover new boilers. Boilers account for around 60% of the carbon emissions in a gas heated home.  Their efficiency is rated on a scale A to G.  If your boiler was fitted over 15 years ago then it could be a G-rated boiler, which is very … Continue Reading

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Back to Schools

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In the UK, schools account for over 50% of carbon emissions by local authorities. So for our 40:20 campaign here in Haringey, the Council wants schools to cut their carbon emissions by 50% by 2015 – a very ambitious target. Schools have big budgets for energy – £100k a year for a secondary school, and … Continue Reading

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